Date: 14th November 2010 at 8:11pm
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If anyone has been wondering, I know I have, why Steve Cotterill has been overlooking Nadir Ciftci in recent weeks, and been so reluctant to use the youngster then the answer was given on Friday…

Cotterill, when talking to The News, said that the youngster had started getting a little too ‘portly’ for his liking!

Apparently he has been gaining pounds, and not of the money kind as is the case with so many modern day footballers, of the unwanted lbs weight kind, getting on for ¾ of a stone: ‘the reason Nadir hasn’t had too much of a look-in lately is because he has put on 10lb in weight.

‘He has been at the back of the running in training, he’s been slow, he’s been sluggish and that’s been a problem.

‘Since then, we have stepped up his training and he has ended up doing a lot of extra running and we have started to see the benefit of that this week. That’s why he came off the bench against QPR.’

Too much Turkish delight for the Dutchman being courted by Guus Hiddink’s Turkey is it then?! Hmm, I am not sure how much good exposing Ciftci as ‘Mr Blobby’ will do, but then again perhaps it will give him a kick up his (oversized) backside, or so it is said, that he needs?

Clearly the guy has talent and a level of ability about him, that if harnessed correctly – and if he keeps his own feet grounded, which with his increasing bulk should be easy, and he does not believe in his own hype too much – could see him become a very useful footballer in the future.

But, apparently so, he now also has to look at his own conditioning too…

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