Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Leeds United FC - 1997-99

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Date: 19 September 1998

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      Monday, 27 March 1972
      Paramaribo, Surinam
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Jimmy Floyd HASSELBAINK - Leeds United FC - 1997-99

The flamboyantly named Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a comparative unknown on these shores when Leeds United manager George Graham brought him to Elland Road, but in his two years at the club he proved himself to be a goalscorer of the highest order. Hasselbaink had a proven track record at Portuguese club Boavista and the £2 million that Graham paid proved to be one of the biggest bargains of recent times. The muscular striker opened his United account on his debut, when lashing home a powerful shot from the edge of the box against Arsenal, but his second goal did not come until his ninth League outing in a Leeds shirt. Thereafter he scored on a regular basis - notching 16 League goals in all - and his fine form earned him a late call-up into the Dutch World Cup squad which performed so splendidly at the 1998 World Cup. Jimmy's second season at Elland Road produced more of the same as the Elland Road outfit finished in a highly encouraging 4th place under the leadership of new manager David O'Leary. Hasselbaink contributed 18 goals in 36 League appearances to once again finish as leading scorer and enhance his growing reputation still further. If Leeds fans thought that here was the man to fire them to the Premiership title in the 1999/2000 season there dreams were sadly dashed as the striker moved to Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the close season. The Spaniards parted with £12 million to take Hasselbaink to Madrid, with Leeds reportedly unwilling to meet the player's astronomical wage demands. The £10 million profit that Leeds realised on the player in just two years was undeniably a great piece of business but, in footballing terms, it was a hammer blow just weeks before the new season. (David Scranage)