Babies the key to success in Premier League title race
BACK in September Sir Alex Ferguson, like an embarassing dad, urged Jonny Evans to settle down and get married.
He argued that starting a family was the key to the stability that footballers need to perform at their best.
And this week two top Premier League stars took his advice and reaped the benefits.
While others in the Premier League were worrying about a beach ball scoring more goals than Frank Lampard from open play this season, Dimitar Berbatov and Robin Van Persie were guiding their sides to comfortable home wins.
Manchester United forward Berbatov took his manager’s advice and became the father of a baby girl last Thursday, hours after scoring a hat-trick for Bulgaria.
Berbatov and his girlfriend Elena eschewed Manchester’s hospitals, instead choosing to rely on the Bulgarian healthcare system for the birth of their first child, Dea.
And it paid dividends on Saturday as United defeated Bolton 2-1, while Ricardo Carvalho’s defending and the aforementioned beach ball hit the challenges of title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
Van Persie was left out of Holland’s trip to Australia to be at the birth of his second daughter last Saturday.
The Arsenal forward named his first daughter Shaqueel – a name only appropriate for people from Harlem, New York or South Central, LA – but mistakes were rectified this time, calling his new baby Dina Layler.
Van Persie opened the scoring in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Birmingham, leading his manager Arsene Wenger, clearly a supporter of Ferguson’s philosophy, to say: “I hope he has a baby every week.”
After Chelsea’s shenanigans with Gael Kakuta, it was thought that some Premier League clubs had taken to scouting new talent straight out of the womb.
But now it seems that the real reason they were trawling maternity units was to sign up teenage fathers.