OTD - 9 July

25 May 2018
2004: Hasselbaink joins Middlesbrough

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink turned down offers from Fulham, Celtic and Rangers to join Middlesbrough from Chelsea on a free transfer.

Hasselbaink, a two-time Golden Boot winner, joined the day after strike partner Mark Viduka signed from Leeds United and the Dutchman started as he meant to go on with a debut goal in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.

The Netherlands centre-forward finished that season as the club’s top goal scorer with 13 goals in 36 Premier League matches which helped Middlesbrough earn a place in the UEFA Cup.

The following season Boro reached the UEFA Cup final, which proved to be Hasselbaink’s final match for Gareth Southgate’s side.

The former Leeds striker had a final season in the English top flight with Charlton Athletic before finishing his playing days at Cardiff City.

He scored an impressive 127 goals in 288 PL appearances during his career.

He has since gone on to manage Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town.

2017: Rooney returns to Everton

Wayne Rooney ended a 13-year association with Manchester United to return to his boyhood club Everton.

After winning five Premier League trophies, Rooney left Old Trafford on a free transfer having made 393 PL appearances, and scoring 185 goals for the Red Devils.

The former England captain scored 10 PL goals for the Blues, including one from inside his own half, and became only the second player, after Alan Shearer, to surpass the 200-goal mark in the PL.

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