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Name Matt Le Tissier
Spelling Matthew Le Tissier
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The dictionary definition of a one-club man Le Tissier would’ve won more trophies and notoriety away from his beloved Southampton but that loyalty didn’t stop him becoming one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. Criminally overlooked by England Le Tissier was a creator and scorer of great goals and also goes down as one of best penalty takers in the history of the game

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Southampton

2012 06 21 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on Roberto Baggio] Roberto Baggio was the best player I ever played against; he made football look very easy

2012 12 26 Retrieve

[Southampton have today revealed their record appearance-maker Terry Paine is to become their honorary president] I can think of no one more deserving of this prestigious title than Terry Paine

2013 06 12 Retrieve

[Ten Legends of the Beautiful Game to be honoured by National Football Museum] It means a lot that this has been voted for by legends of the game including Sir Bobby Charlton

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He’s been an incredible servant and ambassador to English football. I wouldn’t put him up there with the greatest English players of all time – there have been more talented footballers – but in terms of he’s brought to the English game, both on and off the pitch, he’s been absolutely superb. He kept himself in great shape and to be still playing at the age of 38 is a testament to that. He has been a superb professional

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] I was in the England squad when he made his debut against Moldova in 1996 and while his work-rate is phenomenal, I can safely say he’s the best at set-pieces that I’ve seen by a mile. In that 6-3 game, he scored a superb free-kick bent into the top corner even though we had a man on the post. I just thought, ‘Oh my God’

2015 11 12 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He made every single ounce out of all the ability he had. The way he carried on to the age he played to was outstanding. He kept himself in great shape. He was the best set-piece taker I saw in my time. It’s hard for me to admit, but he was probably better than me at set-pieces!

2015 11 13 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] That Wimbleon goal will be a lasting memory for everyone from David. There were so many other spectacular goals, but the impudence he showed, to try it as a young lad at Selhurst Park that day, was impressive

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] If you’ve got that much natural ability, it doesn’t really matter how much the game moves on – he still would have been outstanding today. Gazza was one of the best dribblers and it was very difficult to get the ball off him. Phenomenal

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] He was incredible and with 260, he is so many goals ahead of everyone else in Premier League history it’s ridiculous. He went from strength to strength after leaving Southampton, you’ve only got to look at the stats – breaking Jackie Milburn’s 200-goal Newcastle record in double-quick time. It will be nice to tell the kids, “You know what, I played with him and when I did, I scored twice as many as he did

2016 03 25 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] If you’d have said to me that he’d go on to be the Premier League’s leading goalscorer by 87 goals, I’d have probably said no. But if you said to me ‘Will he be a very good professional footballer? Will he make a good career out of the game?’ 110 percent. What you could see from him was a mental toughness you didn’t see in a lot of players that age [18]. To have scored a hat-trick on his debut against probably the best back four he could have gone up against [Arsenal] was just incredible, and he went from strength to strength

2018 09 17 Retrieve

[Le Tissier backs Danny Ings to have huge impact at Southampton] The most important thing as a forward at a new club is to get early goals. He’s got a couple so far so it’s a really good start and long may it continue. He is such a quality footballer and he’s really given the whole club a big lift. I think that’s what was needed as the club has struggled for goals a bit over the last few seasons.

He’ll raise the standard of the players around him as well. I’m sure he would have picked up some good things at Liverpool. I know he was injured a lot, but he’s still had a decent amount of time out on the training ground and if you can’t learn from training alongside the players they had at Liverpool then there’s no point being in footballs

2018 12 04 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on moving from Southampton to London big clubs] I played the game the way I wanted to play it, and had I gone on to a bigger club, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that. I knew I probably wouldn’t win any honours, but when you’re at a club that size, staying in the Premier League for 16 years gave me as much pleasure as winning a medal if I’d gone somewhere else

[Many, less-gifted may wonder from where the thought for such outrageous pieces of skill arise. Le Tissier has his own answer] You have to be willing to try something a little bit different and you don’t want to have the fear of failure. I think a lot of people tend not to try things because they think it will look foolish if it doesn’t come off, whereas I was a little bit the other way around. I didn’t have any great embarrassment if it didn’t come off

2019 03 18 01 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on himself] People would say that Matt didn’t work hard enough but they would overlook one thing: that he was a genius

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[David Luiz: Soccer Saturday panel debate Arsenal contract extension] I was surprised and I don’t think I was alone in that. It’s difficult looking from the outside because you don’t know what he’s like every day, in and around the training ground with the young lads at the club. If he is really good with those lads and he’s making a positive impact at the training ground, we only get to see what happens on the pitch with him

He’s had his troubled times, he’s had a couple of red cards this season and he’s not been particularly great, but if they feel there’s a benefit to him being around the football club then that’s a decision they have to take and who are we to criticise it

If finances are tight, you have to be really on the ball at spotting talent early on that you could nick away from somebody for £10 or £12m who is then going to turn into that £30m-£40m defender. That’s where Arsenal are at right now