Professional footballers dying their hair is certainly nothing new; especially as a pre-emptive measure before a potentially massive celebration or just as a homage to your club.
Freddie Ljungberg dyed his barnet Red and Blue for years while an Arsenal player and when he represented his country Sweden he would usually go for a more yellow and blue ensemble atop his cranium.
That had some pretty severe side effects by the way of poisoning his hair until it fell out.
Of course the Romanian national team that were in England’s World Cup Group back in 1998 also decided to take out the hair-dye; going an Eminem peroxide blonde for the occasion. It was a look that looked particulary hilarious on centre-back Liviu Ciobotariu with his dark caterpillar eyebrows sitting above his steely defensive eyes.
Then there is of course simply dying it for fashion. Alex Song is a popular reminder of this look. But perhaps a certain Chelsea prodigy should have got in touch with the former Arsenal player for a few tips this week.
The problem with dying your hair blonde if you have naturally dark hair is that it does have a tendency to not quite go all the way; leaving you with a lovely shade of orange on top of your head.
Which is exactly what happened to Nathaniel Chalobah ahead of the weekend.
The teenage sensation, who featured on our Saturday morning line-up last week for a screaming half volley against Leicester City, is instead being ‘highlighted’ for far less envious reasons.
He decided he wanted to treat the Watford fans this weekend with a bright blonde bouffant but instead of coming out looking like Billy Idol he instead looked more like Chris Evans:
Chalobah himself noted the mishap with good humour on his personal Twitter account:
Of course he would like to treat The Hornets fans this weekend. If all things go to plan this may be his last ever game for the Hertfordshire side. They face Leeds at Vicarage Road this afternoon and go into the game just one point behind second placed Hull City who welcome champions Cardiff City to the KC Stadium.
Victory or a draw against Leeds will see Watford promoted should Hull lose to the Welsh outfit so hope is definitely high among Gianfranco Zola’s men. If they were to win promotion this would be his last game for the club where he has been taken in as one of their own. With no play-offs to contend he would return to Chelsea; where many expect him to make an impact next season.
As long as he plays football better than he dyes his hair he is certainly in with a shout.
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