Both Juan Mata and Ben Foster have shown their class by reaching out on Twitter after a video was posted of a young Leeds United fan working on his goalkeeping at this difficult time.
It is obviously not an ideal time for training. But it must be particularly difficult for goalkeepers, who may be relying on having someone else working with them to ensure that they have shots to save.
However, one young Leeds fan has come up with an ingenious drill to keep himself sharp while the country is staying indoors.
The youngster set his goal up in front of his fence as he stands outside the post. He then kicks the ball against the bottom of the fence as he moves across his line to try and save the rebound.
It is a fantastic idea. And it appears that some of the Premier League’s best were incredibly impressed by the Whites supporter.
Foster seems to have established a reputation for being one of the nicest men in football. And he lived up to that reputation with the superb gesture of suggesting that he could put on a training session for the young lad.
Meanwhile, Mata seemed to put rivalry aside with a similarly classy response.
The Manchester United midfielder – who is surely rivalling Foster for being the nicest man at the highest levels of the sport – insisted that he would love to give the goalkeeper some practice by taking free-kicks at him when the chance presents itself.
Here is the tweet which included the video, followed by Foster’s and Mata’s superb responses…
When you’re a goalkeeper… and an only child… in self isolation… and trying to keep up with your training… ??came up with this himself! I’m so impressed. #coronavirus #StayHomeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/FFzJ1LE3N1
— Sarah-Jayne Tobin (@TheSJTobin) March 23, 2020
What a legend!!!! I don’t know how we’re gonna be able to do it but I’m gonna have to put a training session on for ya!!!! Keep going mate I love it??????
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) March 23, 2020
One day, if he wants, and when all this is over, I would like to practice my freeckicks with him on goal! What do you think? ? https://t.co/Brl6omumf4
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 23, 2020
As amazing as the gesture is, some Leeds fans joked that there may be better options out there than the Manchester United midfielder…
Come to Elland Rd next season
— Denny Ryan (@albertcapillas) March 23, 2020
He’s not interested he’s rather have @Cli5hy
— logan ?? (@lufclogan_) March 23, 2020
Think he’d probably prefer Pablo Hernandez to go over tbf
— Patrick Hanlon (@PJH84) March 23, 2020
must be signing for Leeds
— Liam Thompson (@LiamThompson91) March 23, 2020
He’s #Lufc doesn’t want any of you lot near him !
— Bob t (@Bobt55227852) March 23, 2020
@Kalvinphillips would be a better choice, Mot!?
— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming7) March 23, 2020