Memorable Premier League debuts - Leeds United, Tottenham, Liverpool

Premier League

This weekend saw many players make their debuts in the Premier League, so we thought we'd take a look at a few memorable debuts - the good and the bad, from the Premier League era:

Jurgen Klinnsman - Tottenham  v Sheffield Wednesday, August 1994

On the opening day in the 1994/95 season, Tottenham showed off their new star striker and he duly obliged scoring a header mid way through the first half. His reputation as a diver preceded him when he signed for Spurs, and Klinnsman's goal celebration referenced his diving habit, now fondly remembered by many Spurs fans.

Klinnsman went on to win the Football Writers Player of the Year in 1995. He only lasted one season at White Hart Lane, however, before moving back to Germany with Bayern Munich.

Joe Cole - Liverpool v Arsenal, August 2010 

This was a  debut remembered for all the wrong reasons. Cole signed for Liverpool on a free in the summer, but the transfer was eventually regarded as disastrous by many fans. 

Cole got sent off on his debut just before half time for a late lunge on Arsenal new boy Laurent Koscielny. And then things got worse, before Cole was finally loaned out to Lille and then was picked up by West Ham. He never made any kind of positive impact at Anfield.

Fabrizio Ravanelli - Middlesbrough v Liverpool – August 1996

There can’t be many more perfect ways to start your career with a new team than scoring a hat trick on your debut.

And Ravanelli did exactly that against Liverpool in 1996.  Ravanelli was top scorer for the team with 17 league goals that season, but still couldn’t help Middlesbrough avoid relegation. He moved to Marseille the following summer.

Alan Smith - Leeds United v Liverpool – November 1998

An 18-year-old Alan Smith made an instant impact for Leeds, scoring at the Kop End with his first touch.

Leeds were trailing 1-0, but ended up 3-1winners at Anfield.

This performance allowed Smith to cement a starting place in the Leeds side, until he left for Manchester United in 2004.

The 32-year-old currently plays in midfield for League One side Milton Keynes Dons.

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