HEATING up football boots is becoming a big business.
As SunSport revealed on Saturday, Chelsea are using a microwave to warm footwear before games.
Yet despite the Blues’ low-budget approach, rivals are splashing out on more advanced methods.
Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton are just some of the clubs using cleatPRO.
It is a steam box for boots, while there is also a ‘light’ version for away games.
But one coach told me: “When I was a player, if I’d put my boots into a little box with boiling water to warm them up in the dressing room before a game, I’d have had my head kicked in!”
Another Prem club has trialled a product called FORMBASE that the players call ‘The Boot Oven’ and have placed an order.
Apparently, it looks like the ovens you see in a Greggs and, like their sausage rolls, you put them in for ten minutes and they come out ready.
However, Manchester City are the envy of all the other kitmen who are now urging their clubs to buy the latest must-have piece of machinery.
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They have the ultimate dryer made by Austrian firm Wintersteiger — ski-boot specialists.
Drytech is a wall-mounted system with lots of little dryers poking out which you hang the boots upon.
And in these Covid times, it also includes a sterilising system.
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