Sir Bobby Robson signed 18 year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder Jermaine Jenas in February of 2002 for £5M, and the Englishman went on to play 21 times for England and was sold to Tottenham in 2005 for £7M.
Jermaine famously said it was like playing in a goldfish bowl playing in Newcastle, there’s so much attention players to the footballers on Tyneside.
Jermaine Jenas – while at Newcastle United
Since being released by QPR last year Jenas moved into television, and became an analyst for ITV Sport’s coverage of the 2014-2015 Europa League season.
Last November he joined the BBC where he now regularly features on football shows such as Match Of The Day as an analyst.
It was on BBC Match of the Day on Sunday that Jermaine made this comment:
“I sensed more of an intensity, more of a desire. I think Steve McClaren and the players can be quite proud of their start to the season.”
“Sissoko sees the space and he attacks. Once he attacks it, he just keeps going. He has awareness and he was the driving force dragging Newcastle on.”
We must say Sissoko now seems very happy at Newcastle and will have a big role to play under Steve McClaren and the Frenchman again showed his class.
After only seven minutes he made a great run on the right, reached the bye-line and pulled the ball back to unmarked Gini Wijnaldum.
It looked like the Dutchman must scored but his shot was blocked by Steven Davis – but Gini really should have scored and put us ahead.
Jenas played 152 times for Newcastle with 12 goals over three seasons and he went on to play for Tottenham and QPR.
The now 32 year-old also had spells on loan at Aston Villa and back at his home town club – Nottingham Forest – where he started his career back in 1999.