Just a fortnight after Derby boss Steve McClaren hailed Andre Wisdom’s leadership qualities, the on-loan Liverpool defender also showcased a potentially costly ability to slavishly follow orders — from his car.
Rather belying his surname, the England U21 captain was forced to abandon his Porsche in a ditch, after a trip to Pride Park went badly wrong when his Sat Nav directed him through remote, flooded forest.
When it was discovered, the €120,000 motor was partially submerged in a two-feet-deep pit of mud.
A Derby County spokesman confirmed: “Andre visited a shop on the way to Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday and, being new and unfamiliar to the area, he programmed the stadium’s postcode into his Sat Nav.
“The route provided took him down a less than traditional road, where conditions were also poor, and ultimately his car got stuck.”
Wisdom was forced to limber up for the 3-0 win over Wednesday with a three-mile hike back to the main road, while the car was abandoned overnight before a local mountain biker discovered it last Saturday morning and phoned police. “To get to that point he would have to have come through an equally muddy section, I have no idea what he was thinking,” said Pete Irons. “We are miles from any main road, and the track doesn’t go anywhere, it’s just mind boggling how he ended up there. I think it will definitely need a bit of TLC in a garage.”
Wisdom isn’t the first Premier League player to abandon his Porsche. In 2010, Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant clocked up thousands of euros in parking fines when he left his model in a Zaragosa train station for six months, having forgotten he owned it.
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