The internet is an unforgiving place and on Wednesday, Premier League side Everton were the butt of all the jokes floating around on the web as eagle-eyed netizens pointed out that the club’s latest recruit—Lucas Digne— has You’ll Never Walk Alone tattooed across his chest.
No, this is not an April Fools’ Prank.
YNWA being the anthem of the Toffees’ arch-rivals Liverpool and it did leave many an Everton fan red-faced over their summer recruit’s choice of bodywork.
The 25-year-old Frenchman put pen to paper a five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit on Wednesday after the Tofees paid Barcelona an initial fee of £18 million.
A long-term replacement to veteran left-back Baines, Digne’s signing was met with joy in the Blue half of Merseyside, but it didn’t take long for rival fans, especially Liverpool ones, to troll the Toffees for their fullback’s tattoo.
Here are a few images, sourced from the player’s social media handles:
In case the above images aren’t enough, here are a few Instagram posts from the 25-year-old:
It’s not clear why Digne, who’s played his football primarily in France, Italy and Barcelona, got that tattoo done.
Everton and Digne will hope the player will be able to let his feet do the talking and put this controversy behind with the 2018/19 Premier League season little over a week away.
The Toffees, under new manager Marco Silva, approach the new campaign with plenty of reasons to be positive.
Last week, they made Brazilian winger Richarlison their first signing of the summer for a fee of £35 million.
And with Digne also signed, they are looking like a side that will challenge the established clubs for the European spots this season.
Silva’s men open the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with an away clash at newcomers Wolves on August 11.