Oh yes, I vote for the stubble!
(I am convinced that he is trying to appear more 'manly'. He is probably sick of being teased for looking at times like a girl.)
I thought the same myself - he is definitely trying to put a more masculine image across, probably for the intimidation factor.
Stubble or no stubble...still a girly girl but adorkable none the less! Oh and the best mid-fielder they have!

You know I'm going to throw this quote back at you every day now.