- Oct 14, 2018
It's just really, really encouraging to see players feeling comfortable talking about their lives outside football and not feeling they have to hide anything or try to conform to some traditional stereotype of what a footballer should be.
Diabate on his loan spell at Truro. A fair bit of it is entirely unsurprising but the new things I took from it were a) in U18s he was always bigger than opponents so Truro gave him previously rare experience of playing against bigger opponents and b) his religious faith - the second young defender (Josh Key the other ) for whom this is both very important and publicly spoken about.
As for Chieck, as a South London boy, he must be desperately hoping that the Sutton game goes ahead in front of the crowds so that he can potentially have the chance to play in front of lots of his friends and family.