5) Rob Lee – 1993
The 1990’s were a decade that saw great changes in many ways for Newcastle United, as promotion from the second division was just the beginning of exciting success on Tyneside. One of the contributors during that wonderful period was midfielder Rob Lee, and one could make a case that he was the greatest bargain ever for the Magpies.
Manager Kevin Keegan brought Lee on ahead of the 1992-93 campaign from Charlton Athletic for a fee of £700,000. Immediately jumping to the Premier League the following term, the London native was a constant presence during “The Entertainers” years that would follow.
One quality that always stood out for Lee was his tremendous attitude and genuine joy while playing the game. That spirit lifted many teams during his Newcastle career, and was felt by the fans as well.
Exceptionally versatile in the line-up, he could fill a defensive role just as easily as a more attacking assignment. Lee was selected as captain on many occasions, and helped to lead the squad towards the top of the table.
He displayed a strong character when things were not perfect either, as times were difficult for Lee and others before the arrival of Sir Bobby Robson as manager. In all, the midfielder spent just under ten years at St. James’ Park.
For what he brought on and off the pitch, few transfers anywhere can match what Rob Lee produced for Newcastle United.