James Beattie

Forward

James Beattie
  • Born: 27/02/1978
  • Birthplace: Lancaster
  • Nationality: English
  • Apps/ Goals: 58 (28) / 15
  • England striker James Beattie arrived at Goodison Park in January 2005 for a club record fee of £6 million, beating the £5.75m the Blues paid for Nick Barmby in 1996.

    James signed for the Blues from Southampton where he spent five and a half years.

    During the 2002/3 season, he scored 24 goals for the Saints, with 23 in the Premiership, becoming the top-scoring Englishman in the process.

    In 2003/4, he netted 17 goals, but with the departure of Strachan, rumours abounded about his future. With the transfer window opening at the beginning of 2005, new Saints boss Harry Redknapp decided to cash in on the Saints' prized asset, who scored 68 goals in 161 league starts for Southampton.

    After a stop-start opening six months to life on Merseyside because of injuries and suspensions, James started the 2005/06 in suitable fashion - firing the Blues' opening goal of the campaign against Villarreal.

    He ended the campaign as the club's top scorer with 11 goals but missed out on a place in the England World Cup squad.

    Beattie was handed the coveted number 9 jersey ahead of the 2006/7 campaign but it proved a frustrating season for the forward, who made more appearances as a substitute than starts.

    The striker also failed to net from open play, chalking two penalty kicks during the season.

    In August 2007 Beattie joined Sheffield United for an initial fee of £4 million. He has since had spells at Stoke City, Rangers and Blackpool but is now back with the Blades having rejoined the Steel City side in November 2011. 


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