Which five footballers could replace Zayn Malik in One Direction?
To the sadness of millions, Zayn Malik left One Direction on Wednesday, and rumours have been flying about who will replace him.
A band of the size of 1D will entice many potential suitors, but if they looked towards the football market they could bring in an entire new group of fans.
Footballers have a famous history with the world of music, with hits and failures along a storied past. However, there must be at least one player who can fill the void created by Zayn, and we take a look at five potential candidates for the role of boy band superstar.
Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle
If 1D are looking to bring in two new members for the price of one, why not look towards Spurs legends Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle, whose 1987 number 12 single 'Diamond Lights’ showed their talents off the field. Certainly fitting in with the current boy band penchant for emotional pop music, the ageing duo may be too old for the group - but they have all the talent.
The former Newcastle and Tottenham star is one of few footballers to have had two singles chart in the British top 40. The first, a reworking of Lindisfarne’s ‘Fog on the Tyne’ showed that the gifted midfielder could be a hit on One Direction’s poppy-acoustic numbers, while ‘Geordie Boys’ proved that he can keep up with the boy band if they intend on taking a more rap-orientated direction.
If looking for a younger member to fit in their band, the stars should look at one current footballing legend to join their ranks. Wayne Rooney may never have released a single, but he has experience of working with one of 1D’s musical contemporaries - Ed Sheeran. Filmed with the pop supremo, the Manchester United and England striker put in a strong vocal performance on Sheeran’s hit single ‘Lego House’.
Showing off his smooth pop prowess in 1993’s ‘Do the Right Thing’, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has shown the voice and moves to front a boy band. His music might sound dated in comparison with One Direction’s, but his fashion sense could bring a retro look to the young stars.
If the young band are looking to bring a rapper into their ranks, look no further than former Liverpool and England midfielder John Barnes, who starred during New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ for the 1990 World Cup. Also featuring the likes of Gary Lineker, Peter Beardsley and Gazza, Barnes stole the show with his classy rap - which is still recited whenever the Three Lions head to a tournament.