The new 2014/15 Premiership football season gets under way this weekend and, as always, it brings with it a whole host of new faces as teams seek to bolster their squads in search of glory. And, as with any collection of men, there are always some who appear to be affected by genetic hair loss conditions, regardless of their age.
Here’s a selection of the Premiership’s new faces you will no doubt be hearing about between now and next May.
1. Eliaquim Mangala
Aged just 23, Eliaquim Mangala has signed for Manchester City from FC Porto for a fee in the region of £32 million, making him the most expensive defender in British football. Playing in central defence, Mangala sports a shaven head which should help him stand out in the area. It is unclear at this stage whether he shaves his head for fashion reasons, or to disguise the early signs of thinning as is common with cases of male pattern baldness.
2. David Ospina
Arsenal’s newest goalkeeper, David Ospina joins the North London club from Nice following impressive World Cup performances for Columbia. The keeper shows early signs of balding around his temples – a classic indication of hereditary hair loss. Following Arsene Wenger’s revelations about his squad’s use of hair loss medications, will Ospina be the latest Arsenal player to start hair loss treatment?
3. Cesc Fabregas
Declared ‘the future’ by manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s top Summer signing, Cesc Fabregas was brought in to fill Frank Lampard’s central midfield role. When he arrived for pre-season training, Blues fans were shocked to see the former Barcelona player’s newly shaved head reveal what appeared to be a hitherto unnoticed hair loss condition, which had seemingly been disguised by his longer hairstyles.
4. Willy Caballero
Manchester City have also sought to sure up their defence for the new season, signing Argentinian goalie, Willy Caballero from Malaga for £4.4m. Currently competing with Joe Hart for the first choice keeper’s spot, Caballero, who made his team debut in the Charity Shield, sports a closely shaven head. This clearly shows tell-tale signs of a receding hairline combined with vertex thinning, which are both commonly associated with male hair loss.
5. Bafetimbi Gomis
New Swansea City forward, Bafetimbi Gomis definitely doesn’t suffer from a lack of hair just yet but, as with Chelsea’s returning striker, Didier Drogba, he will need to be careful of wearing such tight braids. Friction from these kinds of hairstyles could cause Traction Alopecia due to the tension placed on the hair follicles. The Frenchman may avoid this by switching up his style to give his head a rest from the continued tension his tight, weighty braids can cause.
6. Dionatan Teixeira
The big, Brazilian-born, Slovakian centre back, Dionatan do Nascimento Teixeira has joined Stoke City on a three year contract after manager, Mark Hughes and his team tracked the 22 year old’s progress at Banská Bystrica. Whilst not as advanced as Caballero, the 6’4″ defender’s cropped haircut shows he has some warning signs of male pattern hair loss, most noticeable around his hairline and temples.
7. Frank Lampard
The former Chelsea man may have signed to New York City FC, but he will play the season on loan to Manchester City. The experienced midfielder is unusual in that his hairline never seems to change very much, despite one third of men the same age having experienced significant hair loss by the time they reach his age – 36.
Whilst many fan forums have debated whether Frank has thinning hair, this currently looks stable so it is not unfeasible that Lampard may have sought professional assistance early, before any hair loss became obvious. If this is the case, Lampard clearly demonstrates the importance of seeking hair loss help as soon as possible.
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