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Why Any Opinion Of Glenn Whelan's Performances Depend On How You Spell His Name

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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Glenn Whelan is among a select band of footballers with a barely recognised repeated consonant in his name. (See also: Sami Hyypia, Garry Monk).

In case you still haven't noticed, Whelan spells his first name with two 'n's.

In the interest of absolute clarity, we offer an example:


We noticed an interesting online trend regarding Whelan last night.

Those who were overwhelmingly negative in their assesment of Whelan's performance against Liverpool spelled his name incorrectly, omitting the extra 'n' in his Christian name.

Here are a few examples:




On the flip side, those who gave his name the two 'n's it deserved were effusive with praise for the Irish midfielder:




Let's have a look at the evidence from previous games:

Stoke 0 - 0 Arsenal, January 17


Republic of Ireland 2-0 Bosnia and Herzogovina, November 16

While there are a few exceptions, the majority of praise is acconmpanied by the added 'n'. 

Save for one fabulous strike against Italy, Whelan has been a spectacularly unspectacular member of the Irish midfield under Giovanni Trapattoni and Martin O'Neill since 2008.

While many complain about his continued selection, perhaps it is a case of not watching him closely enough. 

Those who pay enough attention to realise how his name is spelled seem to be impressed by Whelan. 

For those of you who speak Spanish, this may be a worthy experiment to conduct with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.

Unless, like Glen Whelan, you think it's a waste of time. 

See Also: Photos of Glenn Whelan Bashfully Applauding Ireland Fans Through The Years



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