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Wednesday 12 June 2013

On this day: Hot-shot Hasselbaink lands at Leeds

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a little-known Dutchman arriving at Elland Road

  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink celebrates a debut goal for Leeds United against Arsenal

  • Hasselbaink scored 16 goals in his first campaign at Elland Road

  • The Dutchman's trademark ferocious shot helped him win the 1998/99 Golden Boot

  • Hasselbaink returned to English football with Chelsea, where he was again prolific

  • Hasselbaink enjoyed two seasons at Middlesbrough with whom reached the UEFA Cup final

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 12 June 1997 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink signs for Leeds United

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink arrived as a little-known striker from Portuguese Liga side Boavista in the summer of 1997.

The 27-year-old Surinam-born striker made an immediate impact at Elland Road scoring on his debut against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw on the opening match of the season.

The Dutchman’s pace and power proved the scourge of defences during his two-year spell at Leeds, producing 16 top-flight goals in his first season and winning the Barclays Premier League Golden Boot for his 18 strikes in 36 appearances the next campaign as he helped the Yorkshire club finish fourth under David O’Leary.

After 34 goals in 69 Barclays Premeir League appearances Hasselbaink left for a year at Atletico Madrid before returning to England, where he spent four seasons at Chelsea. Hasselbaink again finished the league's top scorer in his first year at Stamford Bridge, with a 23-goal haul – a tally he would match the next campaign.

The Netherlands international moved to Middlesbrough in 2004, helping them reach the UEFA Cup final in his second and final term on Teesside before a year at Charlton Athletic.

Hasselbaink scored 127 goals in 288 appearances in the Barclays Premier League before moving for a season at Championship side Cardiff City. He then retired to pursue a career in coaching, and in May 2013 was appointed to his first role in management as head coach of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember a Boavista striker signing for Leeds United