As Algerian attacker Said Benrahma was taken off this weekend for Brentford against Nottingham Forest, he threw a strop in the direction of his manager Thomas Frank.
Benrahma was angry at coming off, to which Thomas Frank had to have a word.
It might have been something and nothing, but the former Nice player ought to be thanking his manager for his patience.
The Algerian international scored just twice in 2018 after his summer switch, plus got himself sent off as the Bees drew with Reading in September.
It wasn’t an impressive start and he’s taken a long while to get going for his new club. Both Dean Smith and Thomas Frank showed faith in the player, who has now started 17 league matches.
In recent weeks he’s looked to have settled down, scoring in three of his last four Championship matches. He didn’t net this weekend as his side were beaten 2-1 and that was clearly the cause for his anger.
He should be keeping that in check, certainly in front of the cameras and supporters and surely this week he’ll be apologetic to the manager.
Football is a passionate game and the 23-year-old has had a rough ride, but with the faith shown in him, he shouldn’t be questioning the decision of the man who has brought him through a dry spell.
Thomas Frank has helped him settle and he’ll be hoping to carry his form over into international football and maybe even push the Bees up towards an unlikely top ten finish.
However, when he’s been shown faith and begun to find form, the last thing he or the team needs is a showing of petulance, no matter how frustrated he is.
That’s why he will surely be knocking on the manager’s door this week with an apology and assurances it won’t happen again, otherwise he could find himself on the bench once more, which won’t help his international aspirations one bit.