On 17th July 2000, Norwich fans were greeted by the news that
Dutch striker Carlos Hasselbaink was joining the club on a week's
trial. If he was half as successful as his brother Jimmy Floyd
then the Canaries' faithful would have reasons to celebrate. Jimmy
Floyd played for Leeds and Athletico Madrid before signing for
Chelsea in June 2000 for £15million. 31year old Carlos would cost
less (nothing to be precise) but has less footballing pedigree
having played for Dutch sides AZ, Telstar, VVV and Utrecht before
arriving at FC Haarlem. Ironically Norwich's European scout Ian
McNeill was responsible for bringing both Hasselbaink brothers
Carlos scored for Norwich Reserves on his debut in the 2-2 friendly
with Wivenhoe on 19th July 2000. Carlos also played in then 0-0
draw with Stowmarket and the 3-1 reserve victory over Wimbledon
(in which he scored again).However this was not enough for the
Canaries and he was released on 28th July. Bryan Hamilton stating
that "he was no better than what we've already got"..
On 30th July 2000, the News of the World produced an article
on Carlos comparing him with his brother and the fact that Carlos
could not gain a position at Luton town despite scoring a hat
trick in a friendly. Carlos returned to England in October 2000,
playing for Wigan Athletic in a trial match.
Carlos joined Dutch sides Marken and SC Voorland before retiring
at the end of the 2004/5 season.