The phrase 'the much maligned Glenn Whelan' has become such a cliche that he is as well to change his name to that by deed poll at this stage.
But last night, he was the subject of an unlikely encomium on Match of the Day 2 by ex-teammate Trevor Sinclair. Whelan won plaudits for his display as Stoke and Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw. A downer of a result for Stoke given their record in this fixture.
British viewers were left none the wiser as to the exact number of Ferraris Glenn Whelan owns as Sinclair instead paid tribute to Whelan for his defensive intelligence, his selflessness, and even his passing.