One important asset for football players these days is pace. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Julius Aghahowa and Gabby Agbonlahor have all made a football career from being quick despite not having a great deal of ability.
What helps increase a footballer’s pace? Football boots. In less than two decades football boots have evolved from thick, black footwear, to multi-coloured, lightweight material to help increase a player’s pace.
If you’ve ever worn a pair of sprint spikes you’ll know they’re very light and thin so that the likes of Usain Bolt can cover 100 metres in the quickest possible time. Football boots these days aren’t much thicker.
With the thin material comes the increased risk of foot injuries. Metatarsals aren’t protected like they used to be.
More worrying than that was a recent report published by the Daily Mail highlighting six Premier League players suffering from serious injuries in a space of six weeks earlier this season – with each player wearing a pair of Nike football boots.
Whilst the leading sports brand claims it to be an ‘unhappy coincidence’, many footballers may want to consider the boots they take out onto the pitch for their next match or even training.
Within 24 hours earlier this month, new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lost both Joe Gomez and Danny Ings for the season, each suffering with a serious knee injury.
In the space of six weeks, newly-promoted Bournemouth lost last season’s top scorer Callum Wilson and £15 million worth of new signings in Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings to cruciate ligament tears.
Struggling Newcastle United lost one of their key components in what looks to be a relegation battling season when it was revealed their star goalkeeper, Tim Krul was done for the season, also with a cruciate ligament injury.
Aside from all being Premier League players, what did all six of these have in common? They were wearing Nike football boots at the time. Four of them with Nike’s Magista boots and the other two wearing Mercurial Vapor X.
Coincidence? Potentially. But are you willing to take a chance on these boots knowing six top, healthy players are all going to spend a serious amount of time on the sidelines as a result?
Previously, blades were controversial as they put a serious risk on the player causing a serious knee injury when trying to make a swift turn with their foot still in the ground. As a result, they put a player at a much higher risk of injury compared to a conventional stud.
There have been calls for a ban on metal-bladed boots due to the serious injury and risk of injury one player can cause to an opponent.
So before you purchase your next set of boots, we highly recommend you do your research. Alternatively, you can speak to a specialist. But don’t let us stop you from purchasing your soccer boots from Harvey Norman or another major brand – after all, we don’t want to stop you playing the game you love.