Sun Jihai is to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame today.
Just let that sink in for a second.
This news is, of course in no way, related to the fact that Our Great Leader David ‘Call Me Dave’ Cameron is currently engaged in a 48-hour buttering-up of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Oh no. Definitely not. Absolutely no way.
Sun Jihai is Chinese you see and some mischievous sorts have suggested Dave has made the order to try and induce Jinping to shower s**tloads more yuan across our great island nation.
He wouldn’t would he?
Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we.
The list currently includes players like Bobby Moore (won a World Cup), Dennis Bergkamp (part-human, part-football God) and George Best.
See what we’re saying?
Sun Jihai, on the other hand, played for City across a six-year period in which the team finished 9th, 16th, 8th, 15th, 14th and 9th again in the Premier League.
He was also part of the glorious Stuart Pearce side of 2006-7, which managed to rattle in a whopping 10 goals at home ALL SEASON.
Maybe the National Football Museum’s own selection policy can help clear up this mystery.
“The National Football Museum Hall Of Fame aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the all-time top English footballing talents.”
“As well as non-English players and managers who have become significant figures in the history of the English game.”