SBO.net have tallied up every tweet sent by Premier League players in 2017; who’s the most Twitter-happy?
With so much personality on the Premier League pitch, it’s no surprise that sometimes the action spills not just into the sidelines but also online. In fact, it seems like these days, talking the talk is just as important as walking the walk. That’s why SBO.net have put together all the big stats from 2017, ranking the most frequent Twitter posters of the year, or, as they like to call it, The Premier League’s Biggest Twits.
Spending his time on the shelf wisely, Everton’s Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) wasn’t going to let us forget about him. Having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in December 2016, Bolasie had a lot of time to kill in 2017 - and it shows. During his 12 months off the pitch, the Lyon-native racked up an astounding 474 tweets. Now that he’s back in action, his 180,000 followers may have to take a backseat.
Unlike Bolasie, Southampton’s Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) had no time off the field in 2017 - and yet still miraculously found the time to send 465 tweets throughout the year. On December 23rd, just three days prior to Bolasie’s return to the pitch, the second-most frequent tweeter in football, Austin, was given the opportunity to nab the top spot; not only being served a three-game suspension for violent conduct during Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield, but also suffering a hamstring tear in the same game that would keep him sidelined for 2 months. He’s got plenty of time to keep his 150,000 followers up to date now, but, without a spot in the world rankings, perhaps some time away from the keyboard might help Austin focus on proving himself on the pitch.
Having said that, we shouldn’t assume that the ones tweeting the most are the ones least focused on the game - the Premier League’s current top team, Manchester City, also took the prize for the most Twitter-happy team for 2017 - with four players ranking in the top 20. Nicolás Otamendi (@Notamendi30), Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan), Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33), and Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) were the 16th, 14th, 5th, and 3rd most frequent Tweeters, respectively.
Meanwhile, the only Arsenal player who tweeted their way onto the prestigious list is of course Mesut Ozil (@mesutOzil1088). The 7th best player in the world was the 15th most frequent tweeter - tallying up 221 posts in 2017.