Happy Birthday Jimmy! Hasselbaink's best Premier League goals

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The Dutchman had a penchant for scoring wonder goals during his time at Stamford Bridge and certainly enjoyed some memorable strikes during his stay.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink today celebrates his 42nd birthday and, having enjoyed such a glittering spell in England, it seemed only right to laud his best goals after a career in England which spanned seven years in total.

That took in spells at Leeds United, Chelsea - where he was most revered - Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic after leaving the country for a season-long stay in Spain with Atletico Madrid in between his stints with Leeds and Chelsea. 

Hasselbaink never seemed to score ordinary goals. Assessing the majority of his 134 Premier League strikes, it seems amazing how much power he generates with each shot taken on and, invariably, he would beat the goalkeeper.

He enjoyed famous partnerships at Stamford Bridge with Gianfranco Zola and, latterly, Eidur Gudjohnsen and was universally renowned for his one-step approach to taking penalties, with the Dutchman seldom missing from the spot.

To mark Hasselbaink's big day, here are his five best Premier League goals below...

1) Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham - March 14 2002 

The Dutchman struck a sensational hat-trick to gun down the Blues' London rivals, with his first and third (below) the pick of the bunch.

For the opening goal, Hasselbaink received the ball from Graeme Le Saux before turning, surging at the Spurs defence and unleashing a powerful curling effort beyond the stranded Neil Sullivan.

(2:16 minutes in)

2) Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham - March 14 2002

Hasselbaink added to the brilliant first goal with an even better strike with his left foot to complete a perfect hat-trick.

Having spun past two markers near the corner flag on the right wing, Hasselbaink managed to arc a remarkable left-foot strike into the far top corner whilst on the run to send Stamford Bridge into raptures.

(0:25 seconds in) 

3) Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough - 15 May 2005

Hasselbaink helped secure UEFA Cup football for Boro as he netted the opener in their draw at Manchester City, who missed out on qualification for the competition as a result.

His thumping free-kick from all of 30 yards opened the scoring before Kiki Musampa's second-half equaliser. Robbie Fowler missed a last minute penalty to send City into Europa at Boro's expense.

4) Chelsea 3-0 Everton - 6 April 2002

The Blues strolled to a comfortable win over the Toffees after Hasselbaink inspired them with a superb brace.

His first was the pick of the goals, seizing possession in midfield, driving at the heart of the Everton defence before expertly scooping the ball over Richard Wright from outside the penalty area.

5) Manchester United 3-3 Chelsea - 23 September 2000

The Dutchman silenced Old Trafford with a vicious drive into the top corner from Tore Andre-Flo's knockdown to give his side the lead in a pulsating draw. The pick of the bunch.

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