Les Ferdinand has named five former Newcastle players amongst the best 11 that he ever played with in club football.
‘Sir Les’ was asked to name his ideal first eleven by the official Premier League website.
Not surprisingly the two years he spent at St James Park figured highly in his thoughts and one of the Newcastle players he picks, is rated as probably the best player Les Ferdinand has ever played with.
Ferdinand arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 1995 alongside the likes of Shaka Hislop, Warren Barton and David Ginola.
With Peter Beardsley just behind him, the pair were at the heart of the United team that just failed to win the title.
After finishing runners up, Kevin Keegan bought Alan Shearer to play alongside Les Ferdinand, arguably the greatest front pairing United have ever had.
Here are the eleven players that Sir Les selected, with below that what he had to say about the players he played alongside at Newcastle.
“Philippe Albert, just because he could go forward and score goals, he wasn’t your traditional centre-half.”
“Rob Lee, good footballer – good on the ball. Got forward and scored goals, fantastic engine and probably didn’t get the credit that he deserved.”
“On the left it would have to be David Ginola. Came to Newcastle and in his first season he was absolutely sensational. He was arguably the best player that I ever played with.”
“Up front, Alan Shearer. I think just by the sheer amount of goals that he scored, just a phenomenal player. I used to line up alongside him and just felt that we were going to win every game because I knew he was going to score.”
(***The fifth ex-Newcastle player was of course Sol Campbell but Les Ferdinand played with him at Spurs, Campbell only spending one disastrous season at St James Park in 2010/11)