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Worst Premier League debut of all time


While unreliable (think early teenage sensations Federico Macheda and James Vaughan, for example), first impressions are crucial. It is human nature to pass judgment on someone on a first date.

Therefore, the first appearance of a footballer is a very important and stressful occasion.

While for some the debut goes wonderfully and is instantly adored by supporters, for others it turns into hell and the next few days, weeks, or even months, into an uphill battle to gain trust. fans.

But, for the fans, they are fun to remember. So, let’s take a look at some of the worst debuts the Premier League has ever had.

Few starts are worse than 19-year-old Alex Jankewitz’s first departure for Southampton against Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Switzerland youth international only lasted 79 seconds after kick-off as a ridiculous challenge over Scott McTominay earned him a straight red.

Horror challenge to prematurely end a horror start.

Teddy Sheringham
Teddy Sheringham in action for Manchester United | Gary M. Prior / Getty Images

One of the famous treble winners, Sheringham was going to be adored by United fans. But things didn’t start particularly well for Teddy at Old Trafford.

The forward was signed as a replacement for Eric Cantona after the Frenchman retired and had his first appearance against former club Spurs.

Although he ended up on the winning side, Sheringham missed a penalty and kicked the rebound over the bar in front of Tottenham fans – much to their delight.

Laurent Koscielny, Martin Atkinson
Laurent Koscielny sees red | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Yes it’s over decade since Koscielny made his debut for the Gunners. And that was, well, quite a bit of shit.

The Frenchman was stretched before half-time (more on that shortly) but managed to reappear for the second period.

It would have been better to stay on the sidelines, however, as he received two yellow cards in added time to cap off an eventful but disappointing start.

Joe cole
Joe Cole gave his marching orders | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

The man responsible for Koscielny’s injury was Joe Cole, making his first start for Liverpool on the same day.

The Englishman was brought in to respond to the Reds’ creative woes but ended up wreaking havoc with being sent off just before half-time.


Manchester United Patrice Evra (C) bat
Patrice Evra outclassed on his United debut | ADRIAN DENNIS / Getty Images

The Frenchman has managed to become a club legend, making 379 appearances for United. But the first of them, in the Manchester derby, was terrible, as Evra recounts:

“At halftime we were 2-0. Ferguson was raging. ” And YOU, Patrice, “he cried.” That’s enough for you! Sit down and watch now. “”

Disaster start for Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge
The start of disaster for Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge | GLYN KIRK / Getty Images

Fernando Torres arrived for Chelsea from Liverpool for £ 50million, breaking the England transfer record.

It seemed poetic that he would bow his Blues to his former employers, but it turned into a nightmare that forewarned what his career at Chelsea would turn into.

El Nino missed a keeper within minutes of the start of the game and, after protections, remained in Daniel Agger’s pocket until he was removed just past the hour mark.

Gervinho, Joey Barton
Gervinho fights with Joey Barton | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Common sense would dictate that you probably weren’t going to get dragged into a fight with Joey Barton, especially on your Arsenal debut.

But obviously Gervinho saw fit to follow Barton’s typically childish demeanor and, as a result, received a red card – heralding the start of an inconsistent Gunners career.

Theo Walcott comforting Emmanuel Frimpong
Theo Walcott comforts Emmanuel Frimpong | CARL DE SOUZA / Getty Images

Arsenal have their fair share of disastrous debutants, and Emmanuel Frimpong was certainly one of them.

The midfielder was given two yellows, including one for playing against Jordan Henderson, just days after Gervinho was sent off for the same.

Oh dear.

Thomas Repka of West Ham is sent off
Tomas Repka expelled | Phil Cole / Getty Images

It wasn’t long before Tomas Repka showed everyone why he came to England with a “reputation”.

In his first game for West Ham after leaving Fiorentina, the Czech received two yellow cards and showed the Premier League that he is, in fact, as tough as nails.

Leicester v Leeds X
Difficult game for Rio | Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

One of the most accomplished center-backs England has ever seen. But, on his Leeds debut, Leicester missed the winners 3-1, scoring all three in half an hour.

Foxes fans taunted him at halftime, chanting ‘what a waste of money’, after breaking a British player’s transfer record with his £ 18million move to Elland Road.

Wayne Bridge wrestling with Theo Walcott
Wayne Bridge takes on Theo Walcott | IAN KINGTON / Getty Images

Was brought in mid-season by West Ham to help the Survival Charge.

What happened when he started out? Yes, you guessed it.

He was responsible for Arsenal’s three goals in a 3-0 loss. Avram Grant’s hammers were then relegated.

Dimitri Foulquier vs. Benjamin Mendy
Dimitri Foulquier against Benjamin Mendy | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

It is never easy to go to the defending champions but, boy, did Watford make it difficult for Manchester City in 2019 when they lost 8-0.

The Hornets found themselves 5-0 in the first 18 minutes and debutant Dimitri Foulquier was so bad he was knocked out in the 33rd minute.

It’s hard.

Garry Flitcroft
Garry Flitcroft in action for Blackburn | Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

Garry Flitcroft became an established professional and a senior member of the Blackburn locker room until 2006.

But it all started horribly in 1996 when he was sent off within three minutes for nudging Duncan Ferguson – Duncan Ferguson? Is he crazy ?!

You would be forgiven for thinking that Paul Pogba is the worst player Graeme Souness has ever seen play. But no, this distinction definitely goes to Ali Dia.

When he was manager of Southampton, the Scotsman was tricked into signing the Senegalese by someone claiming to be George Weah on the phone in 1996.

He made his debut for the Saints immediately, being brought in for injured Matt Le Tissier – who later compared Dia’s performance to being like Bambi on ice – and returned in the second half after what was a horrific performance.

Unsurprisingly, he never played for Southampton again and his contract was canceled after just two weeks at the club – a first impression.