Sutton United midfielder Nicky Bailey has revealed that he will prepare for tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round match against Arsenal by eating McDonald’s meal.
Nowadays footballers are kept on strict diets in order to get the best out of them on the pitch, but that seems only to be at elite level.
Bailey competes in the National League with Sutton, and his revelation suggests that his club are not particularly stringent when it comes to what their players eat.
While speaking to The Sun, Bailey claimed that before welcoming the Gunners to Gander Green Lane, he will tuck into nine chicken nuggets.
In fact, he is so averse to some healthy foods and has never eaten a vegetable in his life.
“My diet has got me to where I am today! I am not the best eater. I don’t think I’ve ever had a salad in my life, or a vegetable. It’s always worked for me.
“My pre-match meal is always a McDonald’s – nine nuggets. When I was younger, my mum used to try and make me eat the green stuff, but I used to sick it up.”
Bailey might be wishing for a better source of energy come the final whistle as he attempts to cause an upset to Premier League opposition.
There is potential for a shock win, though, considering that Sutton overcame Leeds United in the fifth round, plus the Gunners will lack some confidence after getting thrashed by Bayern Munich 5-1 in the Champions League last week.