Tottenham fans never really saw the best of Kevin-Prince Boateng.
It was clear to everyone who watched him that the Ghana midfielder was a talented player, but things didn’t seem to work for him at White Hart Lane.
Boateng only made 14 Premier League appearances for Tottenham between 2007 and 2009, before being shipped out to Portsmouth.
After two spells at Milan and Schalke, Boateng is now playing for La Liga minnows Las Palmas. And in a revealing interview with Sid Lowe for The Guardian, Boateng has cast some light on why he struggled at Tottenham.
“Every night I was out until six,” he said.
“I was like 95 kilos, swollen from the drinking and bad food. I said: ‘This can’t be me, I don’t want to be that guy. I have something inside: I’m a football player.”
Boateng appeared to be living the life of an under-graduate student at UCL. He continued:
“You know when you shut off? That was me. ‘You don’t want me? I’ll enjoy life.’
“I realise now how bad it was: six days a week nightclubbing, drinking for almost a year. But I was only 20.
“You don’t think things are going wrong. You see money coming in. ‘OK, I get my fun somewhere else.’ Girls, nightclubs, friends … Fake friends.”
He seems to be focusing on his football a little more, and has found his feet in Spain. Boateng has netted seven times in 20 La Liga games with Las Palmas.
Perhaps they’ve got rubbish nightclubs, or perhaps he’s turned over a new leaf.