Friday, September 29, 2023

I’m a Premier League goalkeeper – Harry Kane is the best finisher I’ve seen but the Sidemen will surprise you

The Sidemen charity match takes place at West Ham’s London Stadium this weekend but some players already have Premier League quality.

Burnley goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has come up against YouTubers ChrisMD and Calfreezy who will help make up the teams.

Vigouroux was shocked by the ability of two YouTubers he facedYouTube

ChrisMD will be playing for YouTube All-Stars in the Sidemen charity matchYouTube

Vigouroux made the move to Burnley from Leyton OrientGetty

Vigouroux joined Vincent Kompany’s Clarets upon their return to the Premier League this summer following a stunning year with Leyton Orient.

The former Tottenham and Liverpool star kept a record-breaking 24 clean sheets – four more than anyone else in the division – as the O’s won League Two.

But one of the few goals Vigouroux conceded last season actually came against social media star Calfreezy – who will be playing for KSI’s team in the 2023 Sidemen charity match.

The Chilean international had agreed to take part in a video for YouTuber Chris Dixon, which saw influencers attempt to score long shots and for every goal scored the goalkeeper got upgraded.

Vigouroux – then playing for Orient – was drafted in at Level seven of ten to follow Ben Foster, when the latter was at Wrexham.

And in an exclusive interview with earlier this year, Vigouroux admitted he was taken aback by the standard.

The 29-year-old needed to be saved by the post from ChrisMD’s knuckleball effort before he was eventually beaten by a thunderous low drive from Calfreezy.

Vigouroux told talkSPORT: “Yeah, I think that one that’s in the video where [Chris] hits the post. I think that’s maybe the second shot!

Vigouroux was ultimately beaten by CalfreezyYouTube

“To be fair, he did ask me before, “What’s the kind of shot that you don’t like?” And I said the kind of wobbly one [knuckleball].

“And then he just started doing them and I was like wow he’s actually really good.”

Vigouroux added: “Also, they had a wall for the goalkeeper before me. And then they took the wall out.

“They were like, “You don’t need the wall.”, And I said, “Yeah, I do need a wall actually”.

“You guys are shooting 20 yards unopposed with nothing there and I’m just in the middle.

“It was good. It was a load of fun. I was there for a good amount of time and just got to meet them, and I’m really pleased.”

Calfreezy will hope to celebrate like this playing for Sidemen FC at West Ham’s London StadiumYouTube

sidemen FC won the clash 8-7 last seasonSidemen

Vigouroux’s praise for the two YouTubers’ skill will mean even more, with the goalkeeper normally used to facing Harry Kane.

The pair played alongside each other at Tottenham Under-21 level and Vigouroux revealed the Bayern Munich star used to make him skip lunch in order to get more shooting practice in.

He told talkSPORT: “I could definitely see it back then.

“Every day he’d be out for an hour and a half, two hours, doing extra finishing which was crazy.

“Sometimes I’d be the one in goal. For two hours, I’m missing lunchtimes, because Harry wanted to get about 150 more shots in!

Kane has been a huge hit in GermanyGetty

“He was an unbelievable finisher, honestly, one of the best I’ve seen – really good guy as well, really humble, really down to earth and really wanted to improve.

“A lot of players looked at him and people on the outside might not have seen how good he’s been over his career but I wish him all the best because I think he’s, for me, one of the best finishers and one of the best players.

“The fact that he used to play even in the 10 [position] for us that in the [under] 21s games just shows how actually good he is.

“People don’t realise how good of a passer he is, how good at linking up play he is and to be fair he’s rightly one of the best strikers in the world.”

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