Yes it is official, Newcastle United’s players are the toughest (least soft) in the Premier League, with Rob Elliot the only player in Newcastle’s starting eleven to wear gloves at the weekend.
Sky Sports looked at all 20 Premier League clubs and found that 31 of the 200 outfield players that started this weekend’s matches were wearing gloves.
Of the 31, only three were English – Wilfried Zaha, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Lennon.
Five clubs had no outfield players with gloves on but Newcastle ‘won’ because they were playing at the lowest temperature of 2C, sharing the accolade with Liverpool, who also played at 2C and had no players with gloves on as well.
Manchester City were the worst offenders with half their team wearing them against Crystal Palace, with amusingly the once ultimate ‘dogs of war’ Stoke having four of their players now parading in gloves.
Despite playing down south against Spurs, one of the Sunderland players was wearing them despite the temperature being a heady 5C.
Rumours are so far unconfirmed that the Newcastle team had a team bonding session on Saturday night after the West Ham match, by going drinking bare chested down the Diamond Strip….
Stats compiled by Sky Sports:
Manchester City (at home to Crystal Palace), five pairs of gloves, temperature 1C
Everton (away at Chelsea), four pairs of gloves, temperature 5C
Stoke (at home to Arsenal), four pairs of gloves, temperature 1C
West Ham (away at Newcastle), three pairs of gloves and a beanie, temperature 2C
Watford (away at Swansea), two pairs of gloves, temperature 4C
Aston Villa (at home to Leicester), two pairs of gloves, temperature 3C
Manchester United (away at Liverpool), two pairs of gloves, temperature 2C
Arsenal (away at Stoke), two pairs of gloves, temperature 1C
Chelsea (at home to Everton), one pair of gloves, temperature 5C
Tottenham (at home to Sunderland), one pair of gloves, temperature 5C
Sunderland (away at Tottenham), one pair of gloves, temperature 5C
Southampton (at home to West Brom), one pair of gloves, temperature 4C
Norwich (away at Bournemouth), one pair of gloves, temperature 4C
Leicester (away at Aston Villa), one pair of gloves, temperature 3C
Crystal Palace (away at Manchester City), one pair of gloves, temperature 1C
Bournemouth (at home to Norwich), no gloves, temperature 4C
West Brom (away at Southampton), no gloves, temperature 4C
Swansea (at home to Watford), no gloves, temperature 4C
Liverpool (at home to Manchester United), no gloves, temperature 2C
Newcastle (at home to West Ham), no gloves, temperature 2C