Chelsea are favourites to win the Premiership for two very good reasons.

First of all their team is packed with world-class players.

Secondly they have three naturally left-footed stars in Courtois, Alonso and Matic who add balance to the team.

That’s why I was pleased to hear Danny Cowley announce that recent acquisition, Billy Knott is left-footed.

This doubles the Imps’ quota of left-sided players as Billy joins Sam Habergham as part of this exclusive group.

There is a dearth of left-footers at all levels of football.

If any youngster is hoping to make the grade a sound left foot will give him a huge advantage.

Look at Lincoln-born Sam Clucas who has established himself as a key member of Premiership outfit Hull City.

A natural ball-player with a sweet left foot.

Ryan Giggs, Maradona and Eddie Gray were all natural left-footers but I really have to rack my brains to name many others.

Let’s be thankful that Sam Habergham is capable of playing 60 games a season.

Let’s hope Billy Knott will add balance to a side that is on course for the ‘double’ this season.


Peter Hayward


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