However, Fan would play more than 100 times for Palace and even captained them, while Sun later became a fixture for Manchester City in the top flight.
Fan admits that adapting to life in England was a huge challenge at the start.
“Communication was my main concern. I tried to talk but for the first two months at Palace it was just ‘Good morning Fan’ in the morning and ‘Goodbye Fan’ in the afternoon.”
Then there was the drinking culture, which was prevalent in English football at that time. Neil Ruddock, a notoriously hard drinker, was a cigar-smoking team-mate for a while.
“They’d say, ‘Hey Fan, do you have time?’ Time for what? ‘Time to to go the pub?’
“I didn’t drink (alcohol). They’d say, ‘No Fan, you’re joking!'”
Wayne Routledge, the winger who went on to have a successful Premier League career, was a youth player and cleaned Fan’s boots.
After three years at Palace, Fan moved to Dundee in Scotland in 2001 and later Cardiff City.