Jermaine Jenas has hailed Patrick Kluivert as a 'special player' after their one and only season together at Newcastle United.
Following spells at Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona, the legendary frontman joined the black-and-whites on a free transfer in the summer of 2004.
While Sir Bobby publicly hailed Kluivert as 'one of the most significant signings in Newcastle in many years' - the Magpies' boss even compared the Dutchman's arrival to the 'feeling when Alan Shearer came home' - it is believed chairman Freddy Shepherd was ultimately the man responsible for the deal.
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In fact, Sir Bobby had reassured Craig Bellamy and Shola Ameobi that Kluivert would not be joining Newcastle that summer - only for the striker to rock up on Tyneside days later.
Sir Bobby, as always, had already done his homework after consulting a number of trusted figures, including former Barcelona assistant Jose Mourinho, who had worked with Kluivert under the Englishman's successor, Louis van Gaal.
Although Kluivert was not the force he once was - the new arrival's knee often used to swell up after training - he still ended up scoring 13 goals for Newcastle in 37 games.
However, Newcastle ultimately opted against triggering the two-year extension in Kluivert's contract so the 29-year-old returned to Spain to play for Valencia after just a season at St James' Park.
Newcastle supporters were transported back to that era during the Netherlands' 2-0 win against Austria on Thursday night.
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce revealed that Gini Wijnaldum, another former Newcastle player, would join Kluivert in scoring 13 goals in Euro qualifiers and the tournament itself if the midfielder found the back of the net during the Group C encounter in Amsterdam.
Jenas, who was on co-commentary duty, added: "I was lucky enough to play a few seasons [sic] with Patrick at Newcastle. A special player."
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