JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink played for ten clubs over 18 seasons, scoring 245 goals in the process, but it is as a Chelsea player that his career peaked.

Jimmy was a club record signing when he joined form Atletico Madrid in 2000. The fee of £15m could be considered a bargain as he averaged nearly a goal every two games over the next four years.

He scored in the Charity Shield against Manchester United and finished the year with 26 goals. The following year he formed a prolific partnership with Eidur Gudjohnsen and together their goals helped us reach the FA Cup Final. Sadly though, Jimmy was injured in the league game prior to the final and was clearly unfit before eventually being substituted.

Although the goals dried up over the next two years, he helped us to qualify for the Champions League on both occasions. In March 2004 he scored a hat-trick in a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers thereby becoming the only player in Chelsea's history to score three times after coming on as a substitute.

Jimmy left in the summer of 2004 as the new manager looked to bring in his own players. He joined Middlesbrough and later played for Charlton and Cardiff. Ironically, his first Charlton goal was scored at Stamford Bridge and he earned an ovation from the home supporters as he refused to celebrate the goal.


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