Jermaine Jenas opens up about his battle with imposter syndrome

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Football is a sport in which confidence is key. So imagine how performance could be affected when a player feels like an imposter in their own life.

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JJ has always struck me as far too intelligent and articulate to be a footballer.
Probably true but what profession other than football could have given him the financial reward that he had and still has with his TV presenting?
 

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JJ has always struck me as far too intelligent and articulate to be a footballer.
I don't think those attributes are mutually exclusive from a career in football; certainly not intelligence. But to become articulate requires education and many players either receive a poor education or are too involved with football to give it sufficient attention and effort.
 

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“I don’t think they’ll get Champions League next year,” he said “Purely and simply just because I think there are teams out there better than them and I don’t see them going out into the market and investing heavily. If they do - if Mourinho suddenly got £200m to spend - then yeah, that would be a gamechanger.”

Jenas is one of the better tv analysts, so his views carry weight.
For me there's nothing much in it from Man U down to Arsenal. If we keep Kane fit and scoring, and sort out the RB weakness, there is no reason we can't get a competitive points total.
 

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I don't think those attributes are mutually exclusive from a career in football; certainly not intelligence. But to become articulate requires education and many players either receive a poor education or are too involved with football to give it sufficient attention and effort.
There are however players who after achieving success focus on education. Forlan is a good example.
 
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