Jermaine Jenas joined Newcastle back in 2002 when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager, and he stayed with us for three seasons and played 152 games with 12 goals for the Magpies.
He left for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2005 when Graeme Souness was manager and Jermaine got sick of feeling like a goldfish in a bowl at Newcastle.
Jermaine is an intelligent lad and has turned out to be a good pundit on BBC, and he has pointed to our biggest weakness at the moment.
That’s the lack of goalscorers in the side, and we have relied on center-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles has scored our two winners in the last two games.
Jermaine Jenas – very good BBC pundit
This is what Jermaine has told BBC Sport:
“Just to put a slight dampener on it, I suppose – it has been absolutely phenomenal what they have been able to achieve.”
“But it has been their center-half that has popped up with their last two winners.”
We know the lads have been practicing their shooting this week after we missed maybe five good chances in our last win against Stoke at home.
Stoke were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea yesterday at home, and we watched that game but the only difference with the game against Newcastle last weekend was that Chelsea have world-class strikers.
They took their chances yesterday, and Alvaro Morato got a hat-trick with Pedro scoring the other goal.
That’s what you get when you pay £70M for a striker – remember we paid only £5M for Joselu.
We don’t have that kind of money to buy one player right now, but we will get richer as we finish high up the Premier League next May.
It also shows with limited transfer funds what a great job Rafa has done this season – so far.