Jermaine Jenas was brought in by Bobby Robson for £5M when Jermaine was just 18 in 2002 and he was then plying his trade at his home town club Nottingham Forest.
Jermaine was a class player but stayed only three years at Newcastle and only one year after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 2004.
Jermaine moved to Tottenham for £7M in 2005.
Jermaine became disillusioned at Newcastle once Robson left the club and the youngster made that famous statement it was like being in a goldfish bowl in Newcastle.
He played for all the England Youth sides and 21 times for the full England side, but he never did reach the promise he showed after first arriving at Newcastle.
His first game for the Magpies was against Sunderland and he was the best player on the field, so we thought we had a great player at the time.
Jermaine has become a very good pundit and he makes sensible comments about the current news.
He was asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if he thought Rafa would be happy if Newcastle were in the bottom half of the Premier League next season.
This is what he said:
“It’s a project, it’s a process.” “The first phase is to remain in the Premier League.” “Easily I would say.”
“I’m not saying I think Newcastle can finish in the top 10 – it is a brutal league, it is ruthless.”
“If they finish in the top 10 it will be a surprise.”
It would be a surprise to us if Newcastle don’t finish in the top half of the table next season – there we’ve said it.
At the moment Southampton are in 8th place and a full 15 points behind 7th placed Everton.
So Newcastle could surely become the 8th best team in the Premier League next season?
We could be wrong but that’s what we are banking on at the moment simply because of Rafa and his extremely high standards.
But yes – we have been wrong before in the 10 years of this blog.
Maybe twice – even three times?
What do you think?