The winter transfer market is about to end and the Premier League will feature a bunch of new players, making their debut in England’s top-flight.
But will any player be able to top Fabrizio Ravanelli’s performance in his first match in the Premier League? The Italian star striker scored three goals in his debut for Middlesbrough.
The Boro, then ranked last in the league, gained a point by holding Liverpool to a 3-3 draw at home August 17, 1996. Ravanelli scored in the 26th, 36th and 81th minutes, after Stig Inge Bjornebye, John Barnes and Robbie Fowler scored for the Reds.
Ravanelli had joined Middlesbrough that summer from Serie A giants Juventus for a transfer fee of £6.84 million.
There are 23 players who scored two goals during their Premier League debut. We all remember Spanish striker Michu hitting the net twice for Swansea on August 18, 2012, in a 5-0 beating of Queens Park Rangers.
Sergio Aguero also did it for Man City, when the Citizens beat Swansea 4-0 on August 15, 2011.
Before that, it didn’t happen for six-and-a-half years. Egyptian starlet Mido scored two goals on February 5, 2005, when Tottenham beat Portsmouth 3-1.
The first one to do it was Alan Shearer. The England legend hit the net twice on August 15, 1992, during Blackburn Rovers’ 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.
Others include Milan Baros, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robbie Keane and Alen Boksic.