Tottenham regret as hot-shot striker hits debut hat-trick

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Borussia Dortmund turned to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fill the void left by Bayern Munich-bound Mario Gotze this summer, and the 24-year-old winger has made an immediate impact.

Making his Bundesliga bow in Saturday's 4-0 win in Augsburg, the Gabon international hit a stunning hat-trick as the Westphalians romped to victory.

Tottenham - heavily linked with a move for Aubameyang before his Dortmund switch - will have watched on with regret, as their one-time target got off to the best possible start with his new club.

And yet, despite his stunning debut performance, the former AC Milan and St Etienne forward said after the game that it will take time for him to adapt to the intensity of the German top flight.

"I really noticed the intensity of the Bundesliga," he said on his club's website.

"It's far more intensive than Ligue 1. The tempo is higher, but it didn't cause me any problems.

"I like being in Dortmund and I want to work hard week in, week out, and then we'll see what we can achieve this season."

The pace of the game should not be a problem to one of the league's fastest players, who showed with his goals that he can think as quickly as he can run.

"He is fast and can run away from anybody," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. "His team-mates often try to play the ball into his path and we're going to have to vary things a little.

"He had plenty of chances in pre-season and really didn't take all of them, but today was fantastic.

"Auba fits in well here and that's the most important thing."

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