The 10 worst Premier League debuts after Saul Niguez’s first Chelsea outing was branded as ‘garbage’

The 10 worst Premier League debuts after Saul Niguez’s first Chelsea outing was branded as ‘garbage’


First impressions in soccer are essential and a participant’s Premier League debut carries loads of weight. Should a debutant play effectively, they are going to be immediately liked by the followers and relied upon by the supervisor. But ought to they play poorly they may very well be frozen out of the squad and taunted by their very own supporters. 

Unfortunately for Saul Niguez, his Chelsea debut might be a second he’ll always remember – for all of the incorrect causes. Fans branded his first-half efficiency for the Blues as ‘rubbish’ and the supervisor subbed him off after simply 45 minutes of motion.  

The Spaniard – who signed on mortgage from Atletico Madrid on a deadline day switch – was thrown into the deep finish in opposition to Aston Villa and didn’t float.

Saul Niguez's Chelsea debut will be a moment he will never forget - for all the wrong reason

Saul Niguez’s Chelsea debut might be a second he’ll always remember – for all of the incorrect cause

He was guilty of playing some wayward passes and demonstrated some poor decision making

He was responsible of taking part in some wayward passes and demonstrated some poor choice making 

During the sport he was responsible of taking part in some wayward passes, two of which practically resulting in Ollie Watkins objectives. The Blues and their new midfielder would have been punished if it wasn’t for Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy behind the Spaniard. 

Niguez admitted his horrible debut wasn’t ‘surprising’ as he joins an extended listing of gamers who’ve struggled to show their price throughout their first outing at a membership. Here, Sportsmail analyses the ten worst Premier League debuts…

Alex Jankewitz (Manchester United vs SOUTHAMPTON, February 2021)

Alex Jankewitz was touted to be the subsequent large factor within the Premier League after impressing with the Switzerland youth crew. However, Ralph Hasenhuttl solely handed the teenager his debut after he threatened to go away the membership. 

Jankewitz made his debut in opposition to Shrewsbury within the FA Cup. He got here on for the ultimate 5 minutes of their third-round tie at St Mary’s, earlier than making his Premier League debut in opposition to Aston Villa in January 2021. 

His first full senior appearance for the Saints lasted all of 79 seconds, as he received a red card

His first full senior look for the Saints lasted all of 79 seconds, as he obtained a crimson card

Despite having two constant performances beneath his belt, Jankewitz misplaced his cool in his first Premier League begin away at Manchester United in February 2021. His first full senior look for the Saints lasted all of 79 seconds, as he obtained a crimson card from referee Mike Dean.

He was despatched off for stepping into excessive along with his studs displaying in opposition to United midfielder Scott McTominay. His rash problem left a distinct line of stud marks down the internal thigh of the Scotland worldwide. 

Southampton went on to lose the sport 9-0 – marking the second time the Saints had misplaced by that margin beneath Hasenhuttl. Jankewitz was by no means to be seen once more for the Saints within the Premier League and is now at Swiss facet Young Boys.

His subsequent match? A house tie with Manchester United within the Champions League on Tuesday. Better hold your mood this time, Alex. 

He was sent off for going in high with his studs showing against United's Scott McTominay

He was despatched off for stepping into excessive along with his studs displaying in opposition to United’s Scott McTominay

Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham vs MANCHESTER UNITED – August 1997)

Teddy Sheringham grew to become a legend at Manchester United after serving to the membership safe their well-known treble. However, life at Old Trafford didn’t begin how he had deliberate.  

He was signed as a substitute for Eric Cantona after the Frenchman introduced his shock retirement in 1997. 

Many questioned whether or not signing somebody two months Cantona’s senior was a good suggestion – particularly given Sheringham had by no means received a significant honour and had solely scored eight Premier League objectives within the earlier season. 

Teddy Sheringham's debut for Manchester United in 1997 came at the home of his former club Spurs

Teddy Sheringham c(above) after the Frenchman announced his shock retirement in 1997

Teddy Sheringham (left) was signed by Man United as a substitute for Eric Cantona (proper)

Sheringham had hoped to show his critics incorrect when he returned to White Hart Lane to face his former membership. However, he missed a penalty for Manchester United and didn’t impress in open play.

To make issues worse, Sir Alex Ferguson wrote a letter to Cantona every week after Sheringham’s debut – outlining his failures inside the United squad.

It stated: ‘As you already know, we signed Teddy Sheringham to interchange you, however in the mean time he’s discovering it fairly tough to search out the house he received at Tottenham and is taking part in deep so we now have some adjusting to do.

Sheringham's first United game was back at Spurs where he missed a penalty in a 0-0 draw

Sheringham’s first United recreation was again at Spurs the place he missed a penalty in a 0-0 draw 

‘Players generally do not realise how tough it’s to play at our stage as each recreation is a cup ultimate 4 our opponents so I simply hope he can do it for us.’

It wasn’t till his fourth recreation for the Red Devils that Sheringham began to indicate some promise.  He ended up scoring 46 objectives in 153 matches at Old Trafford.

Laurent Koscielny (Liverpool vs ARSENAL – August 2010)

Laurent Koscielny made one of the vital uncommon begins for Arsenal – having been stretchered off the pitch earlier than half-time and introduced again on within the second half of their conflict in opposition to Liverpool. 

His harm was brought on by Joe Cole – who additionally suffered a horrible Premier League debut within the 2010-2011 marketing campaign. Nevertheless, Koscielny returned motion within the second half. 

However, many felt that Koscielny ought to have stayed on the sidelines after he later obtained two yellow playing cards – forcing Arsenal go all the way down to 10 males.  

Laurent Koscielny got two yellows on his Arsenal debut causing him to be sent off at Liverpool

Laurent Koscielny received two yellows on his Arsenal debut inflicting him to be despatched off at Liverpool

Joe Cole (LIVERPOOL vs Arsenal – August 2010)

As beforehand touched upon, Joe Cole’s Premier League debut for Liverpool didn’t go as he had deliberate. He was awarded a crimson card within the first half of their conflict with Arsenal. 

He made a poor problem on Koscielny and was handed a straight crimson card in what would have in any other case been regarded as a promising efficiency. 

The incident got here as a blow for Cole – who had joined Liverpool on a free switch from Chelsea. However, Roy Hodgson’s facet did handle to take the lead regardless of being all the way down to 10 males. 

Although their lead did not final lengthy as they went on to attract the sport after a goalkeeping error from Pepe Reina let the Gunners again into the sport.  

Joe Cole (right) was given a red card for a rash tackle on Arsenal debutant Koscielny

Joe Cole (proper) was given a crimson card for a rash sort out on Arsenal debutant Koscielny

Patrice Evra (Manchester City vs MANCHESTER UNITED – January 2006)

Patrice Evra received 5 Premier League titles, three League Cups, 5 neighborhood Shields and the Champions League throughout his time at Manchester United. 

However, he struggled to show his price throughout his Premier League debut when United confronted Manchester City on January 14, 2006. Ferguson even questioned whether or not he was proper to present Evra a shot.

However, Evra has since revealed that he was sick earlier than the sport – claiming he had eaten pasta and beans for breakfast. The United legend stated he virtually advised Ferguson that he was unable to play. 

He recalled the incident, saying: ‘In January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United. You would possibly keep in mind that I made my debut away to Manchester City. Big derby. 

Sir Alex Ferguson (right) questioned whether he was right to give Patrice Evra (left) a shot

Sir Alex Ferguson (proper) questioned whether or not he was proper to present Patrice Evra (left) a shot

‘The recreation kicked off at 12.45pm, which was uncommon for me as a Frenchman. I’m not large on conventional breakfasts, so I did not know what to eat to prepare.

‘I went for pasta and beans. I received sick. I was vomiting. I went to my room questioning what to do. Should I inform Ferguson that I can not play, that I’m sick? No Patrice, you’ll be able to’t! You’ll look tender and scared. You need to play.

‘On the bus to the stadium, I was feeling dizzy. It was sunny, it felt scorching. In Manchester! Come on. I went up for a header in opposition to Trevor Sinclair. BOOM! An elbow in my face. Blood all over the place. 

‘I was dropping it. You know the cartoons the place you have got a bubble that claims what the character is pondering? My bubble was saying, ‘Oh my God, these guys are so quick, so sturdy. It was so good in Monte Carlo…’

Evra (right) has since revealed that he was sick before his Man United debut against City

Evra (proper) has since revealed that he was sick earlier than his Man United debut in opposition to City 

‘At half-time, we had been 2-0 down. Ferguson was raging. ‘And YOU, Patrice,’ he shouted. ‘That’s sufficient for you! You sit down and watch now, as a result of you need to study English soccer. I took off my boots, wiped away some blood. We misplaced 3-1. I was actually down.’  

Fernando Torres (CHELSEA vs Liverpool – February 2011)

Chelsea followers had been excited concerning the prospect of watching Fernando Torres play for his or her membership. The striker singed for the Blues in what was a document English switch of £50m.

In an excellent accident, his first Chelsea match was in opposition to his former facet Liverpol. However, he didn’t reside as much as expectation in opposition to his previous employers on the day. 

Fernando Torres made a disastrous Chelsea debut after leaving Liverpool to affix the membership 

He missed a sitter simply minutes into the sport after Maxi Rodriguez put the ball on a silver platter contained in the field.  Following that, he spent the remainder of the day firmly inside Daniel Agger’s pocket and was subsequently subbed off within the 66th minute of the sport. 

Liverpool went on to attain simply three minutes later by way of Raul Meireles – seeing the Reds overcome Chelsea. 

Gervinho (Newcastle vs ARSENAL – August 2011)

Gervinho was doing effectively in his Arsenal debut – till he let Joey Barton get beneath his pores and skin. 

The ahead had been bombing ahead and inflicting hassle for the Newcastle defence. Having been awarded a number of free-kicks throughout the recreation, Gervinho discovered himself on the ground as soon as once more and it is protected to say Barton wasn’t impressed. 

The controversial Newcastle midfielder felt that Gervinho had dived and subsequently pulled him up by the scruff of the neck. 

Gervinho was doing well in his Arsenal debut...until he let Joey Barton get under his skin

Gervinho was doing effectively in his Arsenal debut…till he let Joey Barton get beneath his pores and skin

Barton would have in all probability confronted a crimson card himself if Gervinho hadn’t responded. But the striker made the choice to faucet Barton on the face and was proven a straight crimson card. 

Gervinho grew to become the second Arsenal debutant to obtain a crimson card on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, after Koscielny at Liverpool the yr earlier than.  

Rio Ferdinand (Leicester vs LEEDS – December 2000) 

There was loads of expectation surrounding Rio Ferdinand when he joined Leeds United. The membership had spent a document £18m to safe his providers from West Ham and had hoped that he can be the lacking piece to their puzzle. 

Fans had been excited concerning the prospect of seeing the defender play and believed he might assist remodel David O’Leary’s facet into title contenders. However, they had been left feeling deflated by his debut efficiency. 

O’Leary had organized his beginning XI across the defender and even modified the crew’s ways to swimsuit their new signing. However, Leeds had been 3-0 down within the opening 29 minutes of the sport and Ferdinand did little to stop this from taking place. 

There was a lot of expectation surrounding Rio Ferdinand when he joined Leeds United

There was loads of expectation surrounding Rio Ferdinand when he joined Leeds United

The followers fury was evident as they chanted: ‘What a waste of cash’ on repeat contained in the stadium. 

Nevertheless, it is protected to say Ferdinand revived his profession at Leeds – changing into the most costly defender on this planet when he joined Manchester United for £30m in 2002. 

Ali Dia (SOUTHAMPTON vs Leeds – November 1996)

Ali Dia has gone down in historical past as one of many worst Premier League debutants after tricking Graeme Souness into pondering that he was the cousin of George Weah – who had received the Ballon d’Or and World Player of the Year award in 1995.

It is believed somebody pretending to be Weah really helpful Dia to the Saints boss and stated the striker had featured for PSG and performed 13 occasions for his nation. As a end result, Souness handed Dia a one-month contract. 

However, the Saints boss shortly realised his mistake after Dia featured from the bench in opposition to Leeds United – regardless of solely finishing one coaching session. He got here on to interchange Matt Le Tissier after he picked up a first-half harm. 

Ali Dia tricked Graeme Souness into thinking that he was the cousin of George Weah

Ali Dia tricked Graeme Souness into pondering that he was the cousin of George Weah

Souness handed Dia a one-month contract and played him against Leeds United (above)

Souness handed Dia a one-month contract and performed him in opposition to Leeds United (above) 

His efficiency was so diabolical that Souness hooked him off within the eighty fifth minute of their 2-0 loss.  

Le Tissier recalled the incident, telling the Liverpool echo: ‘It was unbelievable. He ran across the pitch like Bambi on ice.  

‘It was very, very embarrassing to observe. Souness really needed to take him off once more as a result of he was really that unhealthy.

The Saints boss  (above) quickly realised his mistake and took Dia off in the 85th minute

The Saints boss  (above) shortly realised his mistake and took Dia off within the eighty fifth minute

‘I do not know if he was George Weah’s cousin or not. I do not assume he was. He was simply satisfied to get out on the pitch and play. I feel it was an ideal wind up from somebody who got here up with this concept.

‘He turned up the subsequent morning for remedy on an harm, the physio was telling me. So Sunday morning he turns up, has a little bit of remedy, he leaves after which we by no means see him once more. He by no means got here again. He simply left. Nobody is aware of the place he went. Never to be seen once more.

‘It was very odd. Not fairly certain how a person of Graeme’s expertise fell for that.’

Thiago Silva (West Bromwich Albion vs CHELSEA – September 2020)

Saul shouldn’t be the one high-profile Chelsea signing to wrestle early on, as Thiago Silva had a day to overlook throughout his Premier League debut for the Blues final season. 

Frank Lampard introduced the Brazilian in to sure-up the Blues’ backline however as an alternative did fairly the other. 

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Thiago Silva had a day to overlook throughout his Premier League debut for Chelsea

Silva was at fault for the second aim Chelsea conceded in opposition to West Bromwich Albion. He misplaced possession in his personal half – permitting Callum Robinson to run by way of and rating.  

The defender additionally didn’t make a single sort out and was dribbled previous twice throughout his Premier League debut. 

Despite his poor contribution, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham managed to search out the again of the online to rescue some extent for Chelsea. 

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