Doh! Just like his cartoon namesake Homer, Danny Simpson may not be the sharpest tool in the box.
His sending off against Arsenal after two yellow cards at the Emirates may have cost Leicester City the match but all is forgiven now that the Foxes remain five points clear with only eight games to go.
The 29-year-old is currently training with a high-altitude oxygen mask to help cope with life at the summit of the Premier League. The mask makes him look like Hannibal Lecter and some might say that he should also be behind bars for his previous demeanours.
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Courting controversy is nothing new for Leicester’s bad boy as he lives the life of a cartoon-villain Premier League footballer.
His list of past sins include:
- Dating bad-girl and former X factor judge Tulisa, who was accused of being a drug-dealer
- Convicted of speeding but spared a ban after claiming that he could not afford a chauffeur
- Found lying on a Manchester street outside a kebab shop after being beaten unconscious
- Convicted of assaulting the mother of his child and only spared prison because she refused to testify against him
- Turning up to do his community service in a £200,000 Lamborghini
His desire may have come from Sir Alex Ferguson but his discipline seems to have come from Joey Barton.
Making only three league appearances for Manchester United after coming up through their academy, Simpson arrived at Leicester in August 2014 after spells at Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers.
Leicester’s then-manager Nigel Pearson said at the time: "I'm really pleased that we have been able to secure a defender of Danny's quality. He will add more good competition to our squad, which is very healthy for the group."
The Foxes have been justified in sticking by him as Simpson has evolved into a solid right-back, making 24 appearances in all competitions and potentially earning a new contract in the process.
The road to redemption may be long and winding but Simpson might be now realising what a rare opportunity he and his Leicester teammates have. Any more silly errors like he made at Arsenal may not earn such a fortunate reprieve and could derail their title bid for good.
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