Kevin Keegan already knew a lot about the lanky Swede taking the 1994 World Cup by storm. Kennet Andersson was a former Newcastle United trialist, after all.
The Magpies' manager was working as a summariser for ITV Sport when Andersson had the tournament of his life.
All these years later, it is easy to forget that Andersson ended up scoring as many goals as Romario, Roberto Baggio and Jurgen Klinsmann in the US that summer.
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Andersson's deft lob gave Sweden the lead in their final group game against Brazil before the striker fired two goals past Saudi Arabia in the last 16 and then popped up with a pair of headers against Romania and Bulgaria in the quarter-final and third-place play-off respectively.
Sweden went home with a bronze medal and Andersson never looked back. Following a season in France with Caen, Andersson enjoyed a five-year stint in Serie A with Bari, Bologna and Lazio before the target man's career wound down at Fenerbahce and Garda.
Wherever he went, Andersson proved a nuisance for defenders and Carlo Ancelotti once remarked that it was 'practically impossible' to mark the 6ft 4in striker in the air.
With all that in mind, it almost feels wrong to focus on the few days Andersson spent on trial at Newcastle in 1992 following a 'difficult' period at Belgium side K.V. Mechelen.
However, Andersson is only too happy to reflect - even if the 53-year-old readily admits that 'no one has ever asked me about this'.
"Obviously, I'm in the right age group for knowing about what a big football player Kevin Keegan was," Andersson told ChronicleLive.
"It was fantastic to come to Newcastle and then, on top of that, to be coached by Kevin Keegan for a few days. He did some special training sessions with me during my stay so it was nice. It was a good experience. He was a really nice person, a very good person, so there was no problem.
"The only problem was that I was young and it was the first time for me to be driving on the other side of the road! That was the only difficult part but, otherwise, the players were nice.
"We went out for a beer after training one time and I remember someone introduced me to this very big lad. He said, 'Hello, big man. I hear you're on trial with Newcastle?' It was the boxer Frank Bruno! I was like, 'What is he doing here and how does he know about me?'"
Aside from his experiences with a rental car and a brief glimpse of life on the Quayside, Andersson, understandably, does not remember a great deal about his actual trial other than playing a game with the reserves before returning to Mechelen.
Andersson later served as Goteborg's sporting director and when it comes to signing strikers, the Swede recognises that you 'need a player who is going to score straight away' and you 'do not always have time to wait six months before he's going to understand how to play'.
"I wanted to leave Mechelen and it would have been nice to play at Newcastle but it didn't turn out that way," he added.
"I don't think Mr Keegan was happy enough with what he saw or I was too expensive. I don't know.
"This is something you have to go through as a football player. Most of the football players have to go through this. Not everyone can be a [Cristiano] Ronaldo or a [Lionel] Messi and you have to show yourself and be there all the time.
"Every time you don't succeed, that will affect you. You will either think, 'OK, I'm not good enough' or 'OK, I'm going to prove them wrong'. My mentality was always that Mr Keegan was wrong.
"Obviously, I wasn't good enough - I understand that now - but that was my mentality. I think it helped me in the future as well because I got a little bit tougher after that."
Andersson, of course, was not the only trialist Keegan invited up to Maiden Castle and a young Finnish defender named Sami Hyypia was another Scandinavian who briefly sampled life at Newcastle.
As well as looking abroad, Keegan's talent spotters monitored emerging talents in the lower leagues, such as Rodney Jack, who had been catching the eye with Torquay United in the autumn of 1996.
Jack was still getting to grips with life in the third tier but, even in a physical league, the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international's movement and pace stood out.
However, stepping up and training with Newcastle's first team was a different challenge altogether and it won't come as a surprise to you that Jack was 'star struck' on the first day of his trial.
"I can remember my first training session," he told ChronicleLive. "It was a keep ball session and no word of a lie, I spent half an hour in the circle. I couldn't get the ball! It was like an initiation ceremony.
"If you got megged, you stayed in there for an extra 10 minutes. [Tino] Asprilla megged me twice in one move!
"It was surreal. You only dream of seeing these players on the telly but to be actually be there around them, you have to pinch yourself.
"[David] Ginola was very skilful, but the things that I saw Asprilla do on the training ground were unbelievable. Most of the time I was training, I was looking at him.
"Asprilla's control was second to none with the way he could bring the ball out of the air. He could turn a game on its head just like that.
"He could be out of the game for 89 minutes and then one chance and something happens. He wasn't the fastest but his feet were. If you watched his feet, you were going left and he was going right."
Jack, like Andersson, played in a friendly game and, to this day, the 48-year-old remembers how Keegan told him to 'keep his head down, do as we say and do what got you there in the first place'.
While top-flight work permit regulations scuppered any chance of a permanent move, leaving Jack 'heartbroken', the striker never forgot his brief glimpse of life at the top and later earned a club-record move to Crewe Alexandra.
"I used to get chauffeured into the training ground and it was amazing to see what you saw on the television with how all the supporters reacted to the players coming in," he added.
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"To be around that, to actually see it first-hand, it was an eye-opener because in training you were thinking, 'Don't make a mistake'.
"You want to stand out because you don't want the supporters to think, 'We don't need him'.
"The fans were magnificent with all the trialists. I remember they asked me for my autograph and I wasn't even playing! They wanted to make the trialists feel at home."
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