Laurent Robert could strike a football, there is absolutely no question about that.
The nine-time France international started his professional career at Montpellier back in 1994, and also represented Paris Saint-Germain before joining Newcastle United in 2001.
The midfielder turned out for the Magpies for five years – scoring 32 times in 181 appearances before leaving for Portuguese outfit Benfica in 2006.
Robert actually scored 10 times during his first season at St James’ Park, and there is no question that he is still highly regarded by the English club’s supporters.
Robert turned 43 years of age on Monday, and as expected, Newcastle’s official Twitter account was on hand to lavish praise on the left winger.
There is a general feeling that Robert did not receive the recognition he deserved when considering what he brought to St James’ Park between 2001 and 2006.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Newcastle fans, who have also been reacting to suggestions of interest in Hull City forward Abel Hernandez, can be seen below:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 21, 2018
My favorite player growing up.
Unplayable from 2001-2004.
— Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) May 21, 2018
Probably the most understated, loved watching him, it was an absolute pleasure. Maybe even under appreciated. That team sir bobby created were an utter pleasure. Only Ben Arfa has created a semblance of his flair since
— Ben (@Bengn87) May 21, 2018
Left peg of dreams 😍
— Ryan (@RyMorris95) May 21, 2018
Wand of a left peg
— . (@Tyler_S9) May 21, 2018
Wouldn’t mind another like him…
— trev shan (@trevshan14) May 21, 2018
Those two goals against @SpursOfficial never really got the recognition they deserved. Outstanding striker of a football and nowhere on the pitch was out of range.
— Jonathan Hopper (@JonnyHopper86) May 21, 2018
Some boy. Absolute quality
— CHRIS (@LANGAS1892) May 21, 2018
Some of his free kicks are still blasting through space
— Caustic Hero (@CausticHero) May 21, 2018
One of my favourite ever NUFC players.
— Chris Billany (@cbil1984) May 21, 2018