Monday, September 19, 2011

Boot Spotting 17-18 Sep.

As you know by now, we love a good boot spot here at TRW – especially when it involves a brand new boot! This weekend we got to see Nike’s brand new T90 Laser IV make their competitive Premier League debut on the feet of Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres – and they both gave them a scoring debut.
We start with Sunday’s big game between Manchester United and Chelsea featuring the two biggest T90 Laser wearers Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres. These two were used for the launch of the T90 Laser III but with Torres struggling for form, Rooney was the only one featured this time around.
Both players found the back of the net but also missed glaring opportunities. Rooney sent a penalty wide after slipping – no fault of the new T90… Torres looked back to his old self when he neatly dinked a brilliant finish over De Gea early in the second half but shot wide with an open goal later in the half. Irrelevant of the two striker’s performances we think it was a great debut for a boot that will certainly score plenty more goals.
Rooney has already hit 8 goals this season but is closely followed by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero who has 6. The ex-Athletico Madrid star made his first appearance as an official Puma wearer this weekend having worn a black-out pair of V1.11 since arriving. Aguero wore the new Green/Navy/White V1.11 boots as he struck both of Manchester City’s 2 goals in their draw agasit Fulham.
We have seen a lot of boot swopping happening and once again there were a few players wearing interesting boot choices. Bolton’s Chris Eagles has featured here in Adidas AdiZero boots but wore a great looking pair of White/Blue Nike Mercurial Vapor IV boots.
We have featured Joey Barton a few times as well and had to this week after he was spotted wearing what we believe are a black-out version of the upcoming Puma PowerCat 1.11 boots. This is not the first time Barton has worn the new PowerCats as he was seen in a white-out pair while still at Newcastle.
Mikel Arteta scored his first goal for Arsenal this weekend – also in a different pair of boots. The last time we featured Arteta here (he was still playing for Everton) the Spaniard was in the White/Black/Blue Puma V1.11 SL boots but was back in the King Finale this weekend.
Arteta was the face of the King Finale when they were released and he was joined by fellow teammate Diniyar Bilyaletdinov at the time. The Everton winger seems to have moved on however as the Russian winger opted for a pair of Electrictity/Infrared/Anodized Purple Adidas AdiZero boots this weekend.
John O’Shea was always a great boot spot as the ex-Manchester United defender was one of only two Premier League players to wear the innovative Concave football boots. Unfortunately the company has gone under and O’Shea and fellow ex-United player Wes Brown, have had to find new boot sponsors. It seems that O’Shea has opted for Nike as the new Sunderland skipper was in the new Tiempo Legend IV this weekend.
One colourway we haven’t seen often is Nike’s Platinum/Blue/Black CTR360 Maestri II colourway. This colourway is only available in the standard version of the CTR and not the Elite. Aston Villa’s defender James Collins wore this great looking colourway this weekend against Newcastle.
Shaun Wright-Phillips has looked a brilliant piece of business since his arrival at QPR from Manchester City. The ex-City and Chelsea winger has been in fine form for the R’s and could find himself catching the eye of England boss Fabio Capello if he keeps putting in such good performances. SWP wore Adidas’ Blue/White/Slime AdiZero colourway in leather this weekend.
There was never any doubt about Luka Modric’s ability and he proved why Spurs wanted so desperately to keep him when he opened the scoring with a brilliant long range strike when Liverpool visited White Heart Lane. The diminutive Croatian, wearing Nike Superfly III boots, ran Spurs’ midfield as they easily beat Liverpool 4-0.

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