Five Best Premier League Debuts
There’s nothing better for any fan than that new star signing becoming an instant hit, as LA Galaxy fans discovered recently with that shy and retiring debutant, Zlatan Ibrahimovic…
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 31, 2018
Here’s our look at five of the best Premier League debuts…
The tricky German shocked the footballing world in 1994 after signing for Tottenham Hotspur in a £2m deal from Monaco. Klinsmann had a point to prove in England after his antics at the 1990 World Cup. However, the German proved an instant hit in his first outing on Premier League soil with an impressive performance against Sheffield Wednesday where after scoring a header, he gently parodied his reputation as a diver with a memorable celebration.
The White Feather is another player who took no time at all to live up to the billing after his surprise £7m move to Middlesbrough in the summer of 1996. The Italian arrived on Teeside straight after winning the Champions League with Juventus, and put a marker down in the English game with an opening-day hattrick against Liverpool. His stint at the Riverside would be short-lived, with Ravanelli moving on to Marseille after Boro slipped into the second tier at the end of the season.
90s football… they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Wanchope is another one of the Premier League’s most lively characters in the latter half of that decade, scoring 23 times in 72 games for Derby County before moving to West Ham Utd. And what better way to announce your arrival on the English scene than with a debut goal in a win against one of the most successful teams in the land, Manchester United? Wanchope rifled home past Peter Schmeichel to become the name on everyone’s lips in 1997.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a steady career with Spurs since signing from Leeds for £1m in 2007, but nothing will quite match the instant impact he made on his league debut for the club in 2010 in the North London Derby. Rose’s thunderbolt of a volley after just 10 minutes stunned home and away fans alike, helping Spurs snatch a memorable 2-1 victory over Arsenal. Not a bad time to score your first goal for the club.
Few players have enjoyed such a Roy of the Rovers rise to prominence than Manchester-born Marcus Rashford, who seemingly emerged from nowhere to resolve Louis van Gaal’s injury crisis in February 2016. After announcing his arrival in the preceding game with a brace against FC Midtjylland, Rashford repeated those heroics on his league debut as Utd beat Arsenal 3-2.
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