Garbutt gives the background to Lukaku's aversion to headers

Wednesday 12 October 2016  19 Comments  [Jump to last]
At 6' 4", Romelu Lukaku should be a beast in the air but few of his goals come with his head and he rarely challenges effectively for aerial balls in the middle of the pitch. Team mate Luke Garbutt explains that a childhood incident is to blame.

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Alan Bodell
1 Posted 12/10/2016 at 21:36:24
Oh, that explains it. I wondered what it was... I thought it was when he got twatted at West Ham 2 seasons back when he nodded one and since then he rarely wins a header with either attacking or a nod-on. But never mind – he has so many other qualities.
Peter Roberts
2 Posted 12/10/2016 at 22:13:13
Tune in for next week's episode where Luke Garbutt explains how getting his foot in the way of a fully inflated size 5 mitre multiplex on a cold February morning left Lukaku with fears of controlling a football.
John Daley
4 Posted 12/10/2016 at 23:39:22
'A complex character of many contradictions, young Luke Garbutt is more than just a mere footballer. A big admirer of Jean Piaget (after once having to resort to reading a psychology textbook when taking a bit too long on the bog), he also has a deep seated hatred of snow and simians and has started six games for Everton.

Join us as he uses his unique skillset to slice open the hitherto hidden childhood horrors that could, potentially, lie behind every single problem facing the modern Premier League player.' 

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Phil Jagielka's raised hands vs a high foot in recent Crystal Palace game clearly linked to childhood ordeal:


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Stan Schofield
5 Posted 12/10/2016 at 23:52:35
I thought maybe there'd been a reversion to leather footballs with bladders and laces, which were rather painful if headed against the lacing, especially after the leather got heavier in wet weather, despite repeated applications of dubbin.
Gerry Morrison
6 Posted 13/10/2016 at 02:29:18
John Daley. Love it mate; keep it up.
Jay Wood
7 Posted 13/10/2016 at 03:10:12
New Lukaku thread ... posters 1 and 2 ... right on cue!

To quote a great sage ... 'Deary me...'

Damian Wilde
8 Posted 13/10/2016 at 06:48:56
John Daley, did you have the same accident as Rom?
Paul Tran
9 Posted 13/10/2016 at 07:18:28
Could Luke Garbutt explain what's happened to Luke Garbutt? Now that would be enlightening.
Alan Bodell
10 Posted 13/10/2016 at 13:02:40
Poster #7, bit slow with your expected put down, try to get up to speed.
John Daley
11 Posted 13/10/2016 at 14:00:16
"John Daley, did you have the same accident as Rom?"

Hmm. Not sure if you're (1) just asking out of innocent, slack-jawed curiosity or (2) scandalously trying to suggest I'm seriously tapped in the head? In which case, I'd better cover both bases just to be on the safe side.

If (1): 

No. I'm glad to say a grown man wearing wellies, mittens and a meffy puffa jacket did not muller me round the head with one of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's (massive) testicles when I was a kid. Thanks for asking though, mate.

If (2): 

Think I'll leave this one to Luke:

Chapter 481: The Fan

'Not only does the innovative Garbutt method allow me to rewind right back to the root childhood cause of any problem currently plaguing a football player, it also proves equally adept at enlightening us as to the key formative events in the life of a troubled football supporter. 

Take this chap, Damian Wilde, who recently declared on ToffeeWeb that a current young Everton player was "finished", before following up with the words "I actually can't stand him".

His perception of what the defining characteristic of a fan should be was clearly shaped early on by what he observed from his cot whilst staring open mouthed at the ceiling':


Jay Wood
12 Posted 13/10/2016 at 14:08:04
Alan @ 10

"Poster #7, bit slow with your expected put down, try to get up to speed."

Posted a full 10 hours after my own.

Chuckle! Chuckle!

Alan Bodell
13 Posted 13/10/2016 at 15:17:10
Jay, me and you could share a beer and agree on most things Blue... but not on him, I'm afraid. I have seen almost every game he's played for us and look forward to crossing swords with you on the next TW thread involving the lump.
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 13/10/2016 at 15:31:55
Some cracking posts on this thread. Almost surreal. John, where can I buy one of those ceiling fans?! And do I have to supply my own appendages to it?

Hope I didn't take too long to respond to that one.

Shane Corcoran
15 Posted 13/10/2016 at 15:50:33
John Daley's last post was pretty funny until I clicked that link. Now I'm genuinely worried for the man.
John Daley
16 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:04:35

The 'Bobbit Breeze' should be available from your nearest B&Q. Pop in and ask for one. Don't be put off if the staff appear disinterested at first and fail to recognise it by name. Just describe it in great detail and they should soon be giving you their full undivided attention.

John Daley
17 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:05:54
Don't be so melodramatic, Shane. The cock fan's way up on the ceiling out the way, man. Not like it's spinning nobs on the floor.
Jack Convery
18 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:16:34
From DeBruyne telling him well done to the bench at Oldham – Whats happened to Luke? Has the force left him? The people demand answers.
Shane Corcoran
19 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:27:30
John, my comment was tongue in cheek (if you excuse the expression in this environment) although I shouldn't have used the word 'genuinely', I suppose.

James Hughes
20 Posted 13/10/2016 at 16:42:23
John Daley, your mate at #8 is in the process of re-branding himself. A bit like the singer/producer from Black-Eyed Peas. He will in future be calling himself

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