Bieber fever has hit Ryan Leonard and Southend United this week, but the midfielder remains unaffected by the fame ahead of the Blues' Sky Bet League 1 clash against Wigan Athletic.Leonard has scored three goals in his last five league games and credited pop star Justin Bieber with helping him achieve that feat, with the Canadian's music being played before the game in the team's dressing room.
The 23-year-old celebrated his goal against Sheffield United with some Bieber-inspired dance moves and that prompted media outlets to get hold of the story, with NME publishing a tweet which the musician responded to.
“It’s gone a bit mad to be honest after starting off with a celebration,” Leonard told southendunited.co.uk.
Fact. Lol https://t.co/REPkBiZSwW— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 25, 2015
“My sister’s gone mad! She’s 19 and is a massive Justin Bieber fan. My dad’s not too bothered about it though!
“All the boys are excited and we want him to come down for a drink with us in Essex. It’s a nice story for the club and me and has given us some exposure.
“The tweet that he sent was nice, and my phone was going crazy after he put it out there.”
Leonard's form has contributed to Southend going five games unbeaten, with three draws being followed by back-to-back wins, including a 5-2 success at Oldham Athletic in midweek.
They now sit eighth, just a point off the Play-Off places, so could rise into the top six with a positive result against fifth-placed Wigan at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, Leonard has another celebration in his locker if he finds the net, but is more focused on the points.
“We have something lined up for the next goal! I’m not sure whether Adam Barrett will join in with it but I’m not saying any more about it. It’s all under wraps and only certain players know the plan!
“However, whether I score or not, in all seriousness it’s the result that matters and that’s all that I care about!”