jermaine jenas - fact file

2005 - 2013        midfielder

FULL NAME : -  JERMAINE ANTHONY JENAS

Born on 18th February 1983 in Nottingham, England.

Height : - 1.8 m (5' 10")

Weight : -  70 kgs


 

The mobile England midfielder found it hard to settle in Newcastle and when he became available, both Arsenal and Spurs were linked with the player, but it was Martin Jol who was the successful purchaser of a talented young man.

Ever since breaking into the Nottingham Forest side as a 17 year old, Jenas has attracted admirers.  Athletic and dynamic, his box-to-box play makes him an effective midfielder in the modern game.  With a number of clubs chasing him when Forest were in need of cash, Spurs were pipped to his signature by Newcastle United, who paid 5 million for him.  Ironically, he had been named as captain of Forest at the age of 18, but only took the armband for one match before he moved to Tyneside.

Initially, he fitted into the Geordie team well, having been the club's youngest captain at the age of 21 years and nine months, but having been played out of position and he was unhappy with life at St. James' Park.  He claimed that living in the city was like "living in a goldfish bowl" and voiced his desire to leave Newcastle.  It appeared that Tottenham would not need him as they had a surfeit of midfielders at the time, but with other clubs expressing their lack of interest, Spurs had a clean run to sign the player for between 7 million and 8 million (depending which reports you read). 

Becoming an established part of Sven Goran Eriksson's England side, Jenas adds quality to the Tottenham midfield and became the inevitable successor to Edgar Davids.  However, with Steve McClaren taking over as England manager, Jenas found himself out of favour at international level.  Then came Martin Jol's departure, with new Head Coach Juande Ramos deploying JJ in a freer role, between the two boxes and the increased fitness and belief the Spaniard instilled in Jenas has paid dividends.  Revelling in his new role, he has become a frequent goalscorer and has put in a series of impressive performances, earning a recall to the England side, now under a new manager Fabio Capello.

Perhaps the epitome of his return to form was the stamina he showed in extra time of Tottenham's 2-1 victory in the League Cup Final over Chelsea.  Still full of running at both ends of the field, he played a major part in the win and has shown that he might have found the right place to show off his abilities to their best effect.

After that Jermain was in and out of the side under Harry Redknapp, with a 2011-2 season long loan at Aston Villa was cut short by an Achilles injury on his debut that ruled him out for the season.  On regaining fitness, he was not favoured by new boss Andre Villas-Boas and was allowed to join former club Nottingham Forest on loan, but a change in management ended the arrangement there, which was strange, as it was Alex McLeish who came in ... the manager who had him on loan at Aston Villa the previous year.

Amid rumours that Jenas would be joining Leeds United on loan, on transfer deadline day in January 2013, the midfielder linked up with former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.  It was another move hit by injuries, with the player being released at the end of the 2013-14 season to become a free agent.  Without a club, Jermaine took up TV work with Sky TV as an alternative.

Jermain married Ellie Penfold in June 2011.
 

 

NICKNAME :  JJ

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest (Academy scholar) July 1999 - - ?? ??
Nottingham Forest (professional) February 2000 - 7th January 2001 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (FA Cup 3rd Round) 33 4
Newcastle United 4th February 2002 5,000,000 9th February 2002 v Southampton (H) 149 12
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 31st August 2005 7,000,000 10th August 2005 v Liverpool (Premier League) (Home)  drew 0-0  176 + 27 as a sub 26
Aston Villa February 2011 Loan 7th January 2001 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (FA Cup 3rd Round) 1 + 2 as a sub 0
Nottingham Forest February 2012 Loan 7th January 2001 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (FA Cup 3rd Round) 1 + 5 as a sub 1
Queens Park Rangers 31st January 2013 Undisclosed 2nd February 2013 v Norwich City (Premier League) (home)  drew 0-0  (as a sub) ?? ??
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Career Record
Nottingham Forest
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
League Debut : - 14th January 2001 v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

134 + 22 as a sub League appearances; 21 goals
8 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 2 goals
13 League Cup appearances; 2 goals
21 + 4 as a sub European appearances; 1 goal
Aston Villa (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Nottingham Forest (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Queens Park Rangers
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
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European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
England international
21 full caps;  1 goals  (to 31.01.2013)
International debut : v Australia (Upton Park) -  12.02.2003 
2 B caps;  0 goals
Under-21 - 9 caps; 2 goals (was captain of the side)
Under-19 - 5 caps; ?? goals
Under-18 - 3 caps; ?? goals
Under-17 - 1 caps; ??goals
Under-16 - 5 caps; 1 goal
Under-15 - 1 cap; 1 goals
PFA Young Player of the Year 2002-2003
League Cup Winners medal 2007-2008 (THFC)
League Cup runners-up medal 2007-2008 (THFC)

Milestones
100th appearance for Spurs - 24.02.2008 v Chelsea (Wembley)
250th career league appearance  -  11.04.2009 v West Ham United (home)

2007

Listens to hip-hop, R&B and funky house music.
Lived in Finland for six weeks when he was 7 or 8 as his Dad was doing some coaching in Sonkajrvi.
Liked John Barnes when a youngster.
Best match played in for Newcastle United v Feyenoord (Champions League)
Enjoys playing Pro Evolution Soccer with Aaron Lennon.
Enjoys watching La Liga football on TV.
 

           

What they said about Jermaine Jenas
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"Jermaine Jenas is a fit lad.  He gets from box to box in all of 90 minutes."

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What Jermaine Jenas said ...
... about Tottenham's early 2007-08 season troubles ... (Daily Mail)

"We will probably have to score more goals than we let in to win games."

... about his heroes ... (The Times) 2002

"Growing up I had my heroes, none more so than Stan Collymore."

... Harry Redknapp arriving as Spurs manager ...  01.11.2009 (THFC programme)

"You hear a lot about Harry in football. about how great a manager he is to work under and we are just starting to experience that now.  Hopefully he can do for us what he has done for a number of teams he's managed over the years.  He's definitely brought a liveliness to the place already, just with his demeanour and the person that he is and that's given everyone a lift."

... the League Cup semi-final of 2008 ...  21.09.2010 (THFC programme)

"That semi-final (against Arsenal) was a great night, a fantastic occasion for the club.  The year before we had played them in the last four again, but they beat us, so to turn it around in such amazing circumstances and win 5-1 was special.

To then go on and beat Chelsea in the final was just the stuff of dreams, it was a good year for the fans and the players and that display against Arsenal, on what was a big night at the Lane, would be right up there as one of the best Spurs matches I've had the pleasure to be involved in."

... Tottenham's first half performance against Werder Bremen in the Champions League tie on 14.09.2010 ... 21.09.2010 (THFC programme)

"The way we played in that first half was the best I have seen us play since I came to Spurs.  To go to a place like Bremen and play so well that they didn't have any answers to us speaks volumes. We were so on top and dominated possession and could have scored one or two more.  It was a top performance."

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Appearances

Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
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2006-2007 - - - -
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