ANY Fulham player daft enough to wear a snood against Sunderland on Saturday – stands a fair chance of having it ripped from his neck by the boss reckons Dickson Etuhu .
The footballer’s fad of the wintry moment has seen the likes of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at Manchester City, and even last Saturday’s tormentor Samir Nasri at Arsenal, sporting the wooly neckwear – but woe betide anyone in white who digs a trendy muffler out of his kitbag according to the midfielder.
Not one Fulham player wore so much as a pair of gloves to stave off the north London wind at The Emirates during the 2-1 defeat – and manager Mark Hughes intends to keep it that way.
“It’s a look, and some players like it – especially the foreigners,” said Etuhu. “Believe me, our manager would take one look at it and come and drag it off your neck. I’ve never worn one, and I’ve no intention of wearing one.”
Tough as the south Londoner is, his team is desperately searching for a win against his former club that nudges them away from the dropzone.
Etuhu insists Fulham are not far from crossing the ‘fine line’ that would see them rocket up the table – especially after facing the Premiership’s finest in three out of the last five games.
He added: “Fans are frustrated and so are we – but three wins and we’re right up there again.
“We’re getting stronger, and everyone has to remember we played Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the last month and it’s not been easy – but we’re looking forward to playing Sunderland.
“It’s a thin line between success and where we are, especially if you remember Chelsea have lost four and so have we. It’s the draws that have killed us so far.”