League One footballer says listening to Justin Bieber has helped him score more goals

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard claims singer has inspired his recent good form

A British footballer has attributed his recent scoring run to Justin Bieber‘s music.

Ryan Leonard, 23, plays for Southend United in League One and has scored three goals in the past four games.

Speaking to the local Echo News, Leonard (pictured below) said that his team’s pre-match ritual of listening to Bieber has inspired his recent form.

“Since we started playing Justin Bieber, I’ve starting scoring again,” he is quoted as saying, adding that fellow teammates Ben Coker, Will Atkinson, David Worrall and Kevan Hurst are also fans of the star. “We pretty much live together and we’re addicted to Justin Bieber’s new song [‘Sorry’]”.

Leonard and his fellow players also showed off Bieber-inspired dance moves after scoring against Sheffield United earlier this month. “We all said that when one of us scored we would all do that celebration, but it didn’t look quite as good on the television as I had imagined,” the midfielder explained.

“I’m not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea, especially [teammate] Adam Barrett.”

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Earlier today, Justin Bieber’s stylist came to the defence of the pop singer after he was criticised by Nirvana fans for wearing one of the band’s T-shirts. Karla Welch compared Bieber to late singer Kurt Cobain and said that Cobain “wouldn’t give two fucks” about the homage.

Meanwhile, Cobain’s widow Courtney Love has backed Bieber following the controversy, tweeting that the singer was “cool in my book”.

Bieber’s new album ‘Purpose’ was beaten to the top spot of the UK Albums Chart last week by One Direction. The boy band’s ‘Made In The AM’ sold 93,189 copies, while Bieber sold just over 90,000.