It’s been a long while since the classic brightly coloured football boots debate has reared it’s head here in the Footy-Boots.com office, but a couple of pieces of recent news has stirred the debate again!
Are boots like the Puma King what players should be wearing?
Firstly, Steve Bruce announced earlier this month that he was following in Sir Alex Ferguson’s steps in only allowing academy players at Sunderland FC to wear black leather football boots. The thinking behind this is that players should earn the right to play in excitingly coloured football boots, and growing feet should play in leather boots, rather than synthetic.
Then, David Moyes at Everton and Neil Lennon at Celtic agreed that keeping players in ‘basic’ football boots for their youth development period stops youngsters ‘getting above themselves’ and was a very good idea.
And quickly after came a study from Texaco, which showed that the majority of players in the English N-Power Championship and youth leagues still play in Black football boots anyway, with White a close second in both cases.
So, all this considered we want to know what the well-educated, intelligent and exceptionally handsome Footy-Boots.com audience thought on the debate!
Down at the bottom of the post, we’ve got a poll that you can vote on (not to mention our spanking-new comments system), but first, here’s what some of our staffers think of the debate!
I’m no massive fan of most of the coloured football boots on the market, I mean they’re nice and all, but I actually prefer black/white leather cleats anyway!
But I don’t understand why academy coaches feel that players have to ‘earn’ the right to wear the boots that they want to wear – it smacks of needlessly stamping your authority on a bunch of youngster whilst they’re still young.
The way I see it, if you’re playing football at a Premier League academy, you’ve already earned the right to wear whatever football boots you want! Academy life isn’t easy, and your future at the football club (and in some cases, your future as a footballer) hinges on every performance, every training session and every match. You’re under the microscope, and the you’re constantly aware that the chances of you actually making it to the reserves or first team of the team you’re at are already very slim!
So, if you feel better about your game playing in certain type or colour of boot, then why should you have that taken away from you?
I’d have to take a different view, personally, I don’t have a problem with anyone that picks a brightly coloured pair of cleats.
However, how many times have you got onto the pitch and seen some clown in a pair of Nike iD Lasers/Vapors who, despite thinking he’s the business, just isn’t that gooder footballer?
I just think there should be some kind of law that stops players wearing boots like that without actually being able to pull it off – skills wise – and these managers and academy directors are nipping this situation in the bud at their clubs!
As someone who seemingly spends his life looking at football boots, I think it’s actually harder than you might think to try and get a pair of boots that fit the bill anymore, especially when it comes to brands like Nike and Puma.
Imagine if I was a Nike Vapor player, through-and-through, and I got picked up by an academy (as unlikely as that is!). My options for boots are pretty limited, I’ve either got the Circuit Orange Superfly II, the new Nike CR Safari, or the Black/Black/Yellow Superfly I.
But, now imagine if I was at Sunderland’s academy, where they have to be leather too – there hasn’t been a leather Vapor in 3 years, and what are the odds of me finding a pair of those?
I like the idea of bringing in a uniform to younger players and having to ‘earn’ some of the privileges that the first team have (Because the prospect of international fame and stacks of cash just doesn’t motivate kids these days), but I’m just not sure that it’s doable in the market at the moment, as bright colours are everywhere you look!
So, now you’ve read what we think – let us know what you think! Weigh into the debate with a comment and vote in the poll below! [poll id=”50″]