Despite his monotone voice, Chris Sutton is often brilliantly entertaining in his role as a pundit for BT Sport.
The former Premier League striker, like all entertaining pundits, isn’t afraid to speak his mind - regardless of who it might upset. You’ll never catch Sutton sitting on the fence.
The 44-year-old also never backs down in an argument and you suspect that many of his co-pundits don’t particularly enjoy working alongside him. He seems to rub people up the wrong way but we’d take Sutton speaking his mind and p***ing people off than a recently-retired footballer reeling off the usual cliches every day of the week.
Sutton has also angered BT Sport viewers in recent weeks.
His was panned for his “biased” commentary during the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Lincoln City but we doubt the big man was bothered.
Sutton shuts down Twitter troll
And it turns out Sutton is also decent when it comes to dealing with trolls on Twitter.
After describing Arsene Wenger as “an uncle who doesn’t want to leave the party”, Sutton was targeted by someone on Twitter - presumably an Arsenal fan - who replied: “what did you ever achieve as a footballer…”.
Sutton then issued the best possible response, educating the ill-informed Twitter user that he was, in fact, a pretty decent player back in the day.
“I get your point👍 “ the one-time England international replied. “An EPL title. 4 SPL titles, EPL Golden Boot , 3 Scottish FA Cups, Scottish League Cup,an England cap. SPL player of season.”
Sutton enjoyed a very good career
Sutton’s achievements as a striker are made more remarkable by the fact he started his career with Norwich City as a centre-back.
He was moved upfront and scored 28 goals in 53 appearances during the 1993-94 campaign before he sealed a move to Blackburn Rovers, where he won the title playing alongside Alan Shearer.
Sutton’s £10 million move to Chelsea was a huge disappointment - he scored three goals in 39 matches for the Blues - but he resurrected his career by moving to Celtic where he banged in the goals on a regular basis.
After six years in Scotland, Sutton returned to the Premier League for spells at Birmingham City and Aston Villa before announcing his retirement in July 2007.
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