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In his latest fortnightly column, MailOnline Sport’s Adebayo Akinfenwa talks about officially being the strongest player in the world and why Gillingham are buzzing despite their winless start to the season.
It's official, I am the strongest player on FIFA 14. EA Sports tweeted me last week to let me know the good news and I’m honoured.
My younger brother, Dele, was more excited than me at first but he sat me down and drummed home that, in it’s own way, it is quite an achievement. To be recognised as the best in the whole world at something is an achievement.
People may laugh or whatever, but my strength is something that I have to work on. It’s not something that just happens overnight, it takes dedication and hard work and it has a purpose as it helps me every week on the pitch.
It's official! EA SPORTS tweeted Adebayo Akinfenwa last week to tell him he is FIFA 14's strongest player
Best in the world: Akinfenwa is proud of his latest achievement and has to work hard to build up his strength
Muscle man: Gillingham frontman Akinfenwa was given a 97 rating for strength on the new FIFA 14 game
Follow Adebayo Akinfenwa on Twitter @daRealAkinfenwa
I was given a 97 rating out of 100 and third on the list was George Elokobi of Wolves, who got a rating of 95. I remember playing against him twice last year for Northampton and he is a strong boy.
I got the better of him in the first game but the second game was more evenly matched - I think he thought 'I’m not going to let The Beast get the better of me twice.'
Unfortunately, George was injured when we played Wolves earlier this year but hopefully he’ll be fit when we play them later in the season. It will be an epic tussle.
Battle of the big men: George Elokobi is noted for his strength and Akinfenwa can't wait to take him on
On a more serious note, it came as a shock to all of us last week when Martin Allen transfer listed four players – Chris Whelpdale, Steven Gregory, Antonio German and Charlie Lee.
They are four good players but the gaffer called a meeting last Friday and told the squad that he needed to freshen things up. We definitely weren’t expecting that but Martin is the manager and he gets paid to make the big calls.
The four players are professionals and handled it brilliantly - Steven even came on against Coventry last Sunday and put in a good show. This kind of thing happens all the time in football and we players haven’t really talked about it. It’s been business as usual.
For Sale: Midfielders Steven Gregory (left) and Charlie Lee (right) have both been transfer-listed by Gillingham
I’ve spoken about the spirit at the club before and honestly, despite the fact we haven’t won a game yet, there is a buzz around the club.
I know buzz sounds like a weird word to describe the atmosphere given the situation, but this week has been one of the most enjoyable of the season for us players. Plain and simple, it’s been fun.
People may be thinking 'How can you be having fun when you are second bottom of the league?' but that’s down to the gaffer, who has been fantastic.
Training has been tough and intense but the gaffer’s also helped us to relax by doing little things like getting involved with all the jokes and generally staying calm. It’s meant that we players have enjoyed coming into training and that the place is bubbling and lively and not solemn and sober. It’s generally just helped us relax and taken the pressure off us a bit.
Getting involved: Gills Manager Martin Allen has helped the players relax and the squad have enjoyed training
Buzz: Gillingham are yet to win a game this season but Akinfenwa says the mood around the camp is good
But there’s no denying that everyone at the club, from the players to the chairman, is anxious for us to record our first win of the season – and we are not shying away from that. We know we need three points, and we know we need them soon.
We’ve got Bradford at the weekend and they are a tough team. They’ve got the joint top scorer in the league, Nahki Wells, up front and we know we’ll have to keep him quiet to win.
We also know that we’ve got to defend set-pieces better if we are to win on Saturday. We’ve conceded too many goals from corners and free-kicks already this season and as you read this we’ll be on the training ground addressing the issue, as we have been all week.
I played against Bradford five times last year in all competitions and didn’t win once, so it would be great to finally beat them and a huge relief to get three points on the board.