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JJ ON RETURN

Posted on 31 March 2006  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas admits it will be a little strange stepping out at St James Park as an away team player.

Jermaine Jenas admits it will be a little strange stepping out at St James Park as an away team player.

The athletic midfielder swapped the North East for N17 after over three years as a Newcastle player, joining the Magpies as an 18-year-old from Nottingham Forest in February 2002.

He has made quite an impact in a Spurs shirt, scoring six goals so far - one off his best seasonal total at St James Park in 2002-03.

"I'm looking forward to going back up to Newcastle and seeing a few familiar faces," said JJ on his return visit. "My time there was an enjoyable part of my life and it will be quite strange returning for the first time since I left. But that’s in the past now and the most important thing for me now is to help Spurs win.

"I don't think my inside knowledge of the club will help Spurs in the game, when it comes down to the match on the day everything changes anyway," he added, before suggesting Newcastle's current form does not reflect the quality of their squad.

"Newcastle have got some class players and 50,000 fans behind them which gives them a slight advantage.

"Looking at the squad there now, they have the likes of Kieron Dyer back from injury who is looking good again, he can be a real danger on his day and Emre as well. They have a lot of dangerous players and you could go through the whole team and say the same about all of them.

"They are having a difficult season and that's been the case for the last couple of years up there. It's one of those things that you can't quite put your finger on, they've certainly got the players yet something just isn't quite clicking. But they're a good group of professionals and I'm sure they will come good.

"Newcastle's support is immense, the fans are always behind them and the away support is brilliant. They'll be there no matter what. At St James', the away fans are right up in the top of the stand, but we know Spurs fans will be there cheering us on as always.

"We are in a good position at the moment and we know what we have to do. The chasing pack is very close but the more games we keep winning, the harder it will be for the others to catch us."