Sure, they look cool and you don’t need to spend time after a game unscrewing your studs to knock the mud out – but maybe it’s time to put a ban on bladed boots.
Newcastle United striker Aleksander Mitrovic will be out of action for months after suffering these horrendous gashes to his leg in the Toon’s FA Cup draw at Birmingham City. He’d have done less damage if a shark had been chewing on it.
Mitrovic isn’t afraid to dish out the rough stuff himself, but you’ve got to wonder if the damage he sustained in the 50:50 collision, would have been reduced if the keeper had been wearing traditional studs – bit of bad bruising, but nothing close to splitting him wide open.
Mitrovic was stretchered off the pitch but hobbled out on crutches to catch the bus home with his teammates after the game.
Blades have been responsible for a number of high-profile injuries in the game – including damage to Manchester United’s Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney – which prompted former gaffer Alex Ferguson to ban them from the club.
Mitrovic is proving a fan’s favourite at St. James’s Park, despite his lack of game time under manager Rafa Benitez, with Dwight Gayle getting the nod over the 22-year-old as the Magpies look to bounce back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
But with his thigh going to resemble Frankenstein’s head with numerous stitches for the foreseeable future, it looks like he’s going to to endure a frustrating time on the sidelines. Ah, well, chin up, Mitro. At least you’ll get more time to spend at home with your girlfriend and new baby.
The players whose clubs held them back from success
Had he left, he would have got that England cap.
The Ivorian is actually a good player, but got progressively worse as his time at Newcastle has dragged on. Six years too long...
Before you all have a heart attack; hear us out. For a player of Totti's talent to just have five major honours to his name is criminal. Yeah, fair play for hanging around and being Emperor of Rome yardy-yardy-ya, but could have achieved so much more.
Morten Gamst Pedersen
One of the best set-piece takers around on his day; quality in the Premier League during his heyday and should've jumped out of Ewood Park when playing out his skin.
Matt Le Tissier
Similar to Totti, hugely commendable for staying loyal. But, what a player, and was batting way, way below average when playing at the Dell.
Why oh why did the Premier League top scorer hang around the Toon for 10 years??!!
Will end up finishing in the top four here and there, and then get knocked out of the Champions League group stages. Far too good for Tottenham; second best 'keeper in the world.
It's going to be a football tragedy that the Frenchman could be playing football in the Championship. GET OUT NOW.
Convinced Arsenal were the problem with the walking wounded himself. Just look what happened with Danny Welbeck, and Jack Wilshere...
Virgil van Dijk
What a centre-back; Southampton could possibly stop him from becoming the best centre-half in the league.
Could have won the forever missing Premier League at Chelsea... just saying.