I am afraid that the time has officially come when we can start to shake our heads at the toughness of some of our professional footballers once again. This weekend it became clear to me that several Premier League operators were already starting to sport whatever winter clothing accessories they can get away with.
That’s right the gloves are back. While thankfully there has not been a return to the awful ‘snood’ phase of a couple of seasons back that had the likes of Roy Keane spewing steam from each ear and eventually got banned due to ‘safety reasons’ (really the ban was surely consequence of embarrassment). Obviously the temperature can sure get cold in the UK but this weekend was certainly not the briskest I have ever felt. It certainly didn’t warrant gloves.
Maybe I am being unfair and some footballers are particulary sensitive to dry skin when exposed to the cold air however I still shake my head in disbelief at this thought.
While the likes of Ben Watson were insisting on walking his way off the pitch with a broken leg after a freak collision with Raheem Sterling (having your leg broken by a schoolboy perhaps belittles the hard-man tag I just gave the former Crystal Palace man) others were pulling on their long-sleeve shirts and topping off the ensemble with gloves for little reason.
Some may have just been wearing them for sponsorship commitments, which is fair. David Beckham once wore Adidas gloves for a long period simply due to sponsorship reasons. When he wised up and realised he was David flaming Beckham he quickly told the company he would no longer be emasculating himself for corporate need.
Now some players have come up with a new way of holding off the cold by wearing these turtle-neck under-armour tops to keep the brisk winter winds off their sensitive Adams Apples. It doesn’t matter that they look ridiculous running around the pitch like a beatnik wannabee.
Honestly I would not be surprised if it transpired some players were running round with hot water bottles down their front or specially made heated boots; it is that ridiculous.
If we were playing in Russia maybe, the height of winter maybe, if it was snowing and liquid was freezing before it hit the ground from discarded water bottles then maybe I could suffer footballers wearing gloves.
Until then we should only see two pairs of gloves on the pitch and they belong to the goalkeepers.
What do you think? Is it really cold enough to wear gloves on the football pitch?
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