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Premier League Afro XI

Willian: The latest Afroman on the scene (©GettyImages)
Willian: The latest Afroman on the scene (©GettyImages).

Following the arrival of Chelsea's attacking midfielder Willian to the Premier League recently, GMS looks at a team of other players who have sported the same popular barnet. 

Here goes...

Goalkeeper - David James

'Jamo' or 'Calamity James' as he was more commonly known for his comical mistakes throughout his international and Premier League career with Liverpool, West Ham, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Portsmouth definitely cements this position after flirting so much with his hair over the years that one day it just turned into one big bushy afro.

Maybe it was cos he got high...(Afroman, 2000)

Right-back - Glen Johnson 

Former West Ham, Chelsea, and Portsmouth full-back Glen Johnson has revealed the secret behind his short-lived afro in his Fratton Park days. 

It is believed that the now Liverpool right-back grew the fro after a stag-do wager with a long-haired mate who promised to dye his hair blonde and plait it should Johnson grown an impressive enough afro. 

Centre-back - Rio Ferdinand

Although it's not been one of Ferdinand's most well-documented haircuts over the years, the England defender sported this number for a little while at United, probably after spending too much time on international duty with Glen Johnson. 

Centre-back - David Luiz

Arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2011, Luiz took everyone back with his perm that left football pundits and fans alike branding him 'sideshow Bob' from the popular TV cartoon, The Simpsons. 

While Luiz took his time to adapt to English football, the afro has remained a firm attachment. 

Left-back - Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Arguably possessing the most impressive afro the Premier League has seen, maybe the Spurs left-back is growing the fro for the love and not the money - much like his footballing career. 

Right-Midfield - Jermaine Pennant

Rumoured to have accidentally grown the afro as a result of an electric shock following the electronic tag he was forced to wear after committing a driving offence in 2005, Pennant fits the bill nicely on the right of midfield. 

The controversial bad-boy has never really lived up to earlier expectations in his career, going from club to club including brief spells at giants Arsenal and Liverpool before currently ending up as Stoke's smallest player. 

Centre-midfield - Alex Song

Sporting a blonde-bleached hair and beard combination while at the Gunners, Song took everyone by surprise - not only with his appearance but also his rapidly-improving displays that eventually landed him a move to Barcelona, well, Barcelona's bench.

Centre-midfield - Tom Huddlestone

The ex-Tottenham and now Hull City midfielder probably regrets publicly declaring that he would refuse to cut his hair until he scored again - especially with his last strike coming back in April 2011. 

Mind you, now Huddlestone is playing regularly at Hull, a trip to the barbers could be closer than expected...

Centre-midfield - Marouane Fellaini

The £27.5m Manchester United midfielder probably feels he has the most renowned afro in the Premier League since it's arrival in 2008.

And he'd probably be right, after notching tons of goals with Everton with the hair, it's now worth a massive £27.5m - No pressure on the comb you use, Marouane!

Left-midfield - Fabio da Silva

Versatile United twin Fabio fits in at left-midfield nicely. Although his United career hangs in the balance, Fabio and his hairy locks just about fit into this team - although I'm sure Rafael will feel slightly aggrieved to have been left behind. 

Striker - Jo

Clutching at straws for a striker, the ex-Manchester City and Everton reject is the best I could find. 

He came to the Premier League with a big reputation and an £18m price-tag but failed to ever live up to it. 

However, since his return to his homeland Jo has gradually rediscovered his form which could see him stake a claim to be included in Brazil's World Cup squad. He must've have got rid of the fro!

Substitutes

Rafael da Silva

Abel Xavier

Ryan Shotton

Ivan Campo

Fabricio Coloccini

Player-Manager - Ruud Gullit - The ex-Chelsea gaffer and player could definitely still do a job from the bench!

 

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