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Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink

One of the biggest signings Charlton's history, 'Jerrel' Hasselbaink arrived at The Valley boasting a scoring record of rich pedigree.

The Dutch international hitman's Premiership scoring record is bettered by just six men - and he is the second most prolific foreign marksman in the competition's history.

Goals are what brings the 34-year-old to the table and after arriving in England as a virtual unknown at Leeds United in 1997, the striker has lit up the scoring charts ever since enjoying further fruitful spells with Chelsea and Middlesbrough.

Even when he spent a year's sabbatical in Spain with Atletico Madrid he picked up the La Liga top scorer award.

Hasselbaink alerted the attentions of then-Leeds United boss George Graham after netting 20 times in the league for Portuguese side Boavista and he wasted little time making his mark in England, with a first-half equaliser on his debut against Arsenal.

It was uphill all the way from then as Hasselbaink bulged the back of the net 22 times including a further 15 strikes in the league to help the Whites seal UEFA Cup football.

His second season in the Premiership was equally profitable and he netted in a 4-2 win over Charlton on his way to 20 more strikes for the Elland Road club and his 18 league efforts made him top scorer in the land.

By this stage Hasselbaink's exploits had alerted some of the top clubs on the continent and it was Madrid's second club who paid Leeds £12m to land the pacy and powerful frontman.

La Liga defences fared no better than those in England as Hasselbaink helped himself to 24 goals in 34 appearances in the famous red and white stripes as well as chipping in with seven more in the UEFA Cup.

Ultimately, though, Hasselbaink's prowess could not prevent Atletico spiralling to relegation and a spell in Spanish football's second tier was never an option as Chelsea came calling with a £15m offer.

Thus a first spell in the capital was born and Hasselbaink, whose previous Atletico boss Claudio Ranieri quickly joined him at Stamford Bridge, was quick off the mark again with a debut goal in the Community Shield clash with Manchester United.

By this time Hasselbaink had become an established international with Holland and featured twice for his country in the World Cup of 1998 with is overall international record reading nine goals from 23 appearances.

For the Blues Hasselbaink, who is one of just a handful of players to net four times in the Premiership, was equally prolific retaining his top scorers crown in his first season back with 23 goals.

Out of contract after four seasons, Hasselbaink moved to Middlesbrough on a free in summer 2004 having hit 88 goals in 177 appearances for the Blues.

Adding valuable experience and typical firepower the Boro ranks Hasselbaink, whose last Chelsea appearance came in the semi-finals of the Champions League, played in Europe in the last two seasons at the Riverside and his 89th and final outing in a Boro shirt came in the UEFA Cup final against Seville.

Born in Surinam Hasselbaink played in the Netherlands for Telstar and switched to AZ Alkmaar before relocation to Portugal to play for Campomaiorense.

After earning promotion to the top flight he hit 12 goals in 31 league appearances and earned a transfer to Boavista where he picked up his Jimmy-Floyd nickname with teammates apparently unable to pronounce his name.

Jimmy-Floyd 's Details:
Squad Number: 18
Place of Birth: Paramaribo, Surinam
Position: Forward
Weight: -
Height: -
Date of Birth: 27/03/1972
Former Clubs: Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Leeds United, Boavista
Debut Match: West Ham United (a) - August 19th, 2006
Joined Club: 11/07/2006
Transfer Fee (Bought): Free
Jimmy-Floyd 's League Stats: This Season Club Total
League Starts: 11 11
League Sub Apps: 14 14
League Goals: 2 2
Jimmy-Floyd 's Cup Stats: This Season Club Total
Cup Starts: 3 3
Cup Sub Apps: 1 1
Cup Goals: 2 2
Jimmy-Floyd 's CAFC Stats: This Season Club Total
CAFC Starts: 14 14
CAFC Sub Apps: 15 15
CAFC Goals: 4 4
Yellow Cards: 3 3
Red Cards: - -
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