‘Biggest diver’ Kevin De Bruyne offered free mattress to ‘cushion his falls’
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been crowned ‘the biggest diver in the Premier League’ – but he has been offered a free mattress to cushion his many falls.
The Belgian maestro is well known for his excellent passing and unbelievable ability to find Erling Haaland with a pass from pretty much anywhere. However, it appears De Bruyne may also be good at finding a defender to bump off and a penalty area to land into.
Manchester United will certainly hope his passing and alleged diving ability are not at their best for the Manchester derby at lunchtime. However, considering this recent coronation, Erik ten Hag and co may be slightly worried.
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His title has been attributed by MattressNextDay. Their research analysed the tweets of 3586 football fans from the first half of the current campaign with the aim of disseminating which player is accused of diving the most.
There were some very strong candidates. Tottenham Hotspur ace and England captain Harry Kane, who was once described as ‘The King of the Divers’ was in the running, while Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka, United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus were also in the running.
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But with a staggering 161 accusations of diving mentioned on Twitter, 52 more than the next best Kane, De Bruyne won by a landslide. His victory, if you can call it that, can mainly be attributed to the time he tumbled in the penalty area to win a last minute penalty for City against Fulham.
With the score at 1-1 going into the dying second, De Bruyne turned into the penalty area and looked to have been brushed down in the area by Fulham defender Antonee Robinson. However, a closer inspection appeared to show the contact, if any, was very minimal.
Nevertheless, it was not enough for VAR to send referee Darren England to double check the incident. Haaland ruthlessly slotted home the penalty in the 95th minute to secure the three points for the Citizens.
Ten Hag will likely have a million things to ask his United players before they line up against the Citizens. However, watching De Bruyne’s ankles in the box may very well be one of those.
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