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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener Away From St.James’ Park

8 years ago

We have seen many players come through the doors at St.James’ Park and then leave for somewhere ‘better’, rarely though does it work out that way for whichever player.

With rare exceptions, players end up ruing the day they left Newcastle United.

A perfect example is Jermaine Jenas who, seemingly on the verge of dropping into the Championship with Leeds after a career at Spurs which has dwindled away to nothing.

Yes injuries have played a part but I’ll never forget him arriving under Sir Bobby as a nineteen year old, what a player he looked.

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He won the PFA Young Player Of The Year in his first full season (2002/03) at United, a year which included one of my greatest moments following NUFC.

The brilliant 3-2 win in Rotterdam, beating Feyenoord to qualify from the Champions League group stages and into the knockout phase.

In the cold light of day I sit here and can’t quite match up that brilliant day and Jermaine Jenas playing a role in it.

When I watch the highlights I can see he played a big part in that win and indeed that superb season but now he is just another random player who largely wasted a career that promised so much.

Players come and go at all clubs but he is one that certainly never improved with his move to the bright lights of London.

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