Top 10: Premier League debut goals

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It's a big occasion for any player when they prepare to make their first appearance for a new club - a mixture of nerves and excitement as the dream of making an immediate impact in an attempt to endear themselves to their new supporters takes over.

As with any new signing, or emerging youngster from the youth team, there is an amount of hype that you simply can't get away from, particularly when you are about to make your breakthrough in the goldfish bowl they call the Premier League.

Hopes are always high ahead of a big debut, but expectations remain realistic - at least from a managerial perspective - many acknowledging that it can take time for a new player to settle, especially if they are arriving from another country or culture.

For many, there is an inevitable amount of pressure that you simply can't get away from - pressure that is even more exaggerated when a new signing arrives for a hefty transfer fee. Some players thrive on that pressure, while others flounder.

Every now and then a newcomer manages to make a dream start to the latest chapter of their career, an impact so great that it can leave a lasting memory with fellow players, managers and fans alike.

Newcastle United handed a debut to £10million January signing Papiss Demba Cisse in Sunday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa at St James' Park, albeit a little earlier than planned after Leon Best limped off after just ten minutes.

The Senegalese striker recently returned from the African Cup of Nations, where he had been playing alongside Magpies teammate Demba Ba. Now the duo will hope to establish a red-hot relationship to help fire Newcastle into Europe next year.

In the wake of Cisse's stunning strike, which earned Alan Pardew's side all three points midway through the second-half, GiveMeFootball counts down ten of the best Premier League debut goals.

10. Samir Nasri - ARSENAL v West Brom, August 2008

The £11million signing from Marseille was signed by Arsene Wenger as a long-term replacement for Alexander Hleb. The Frenchman impressed with his intricate footwork, and neat artful touches.

His display was capped with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory - a deftly taken finish to a move he himself had started, to net his first goal earlier than any other Arsenal debutant.

9. James Vaughan - EVERTON v Crystal Palace, April 2005

The 16-year-old Toffees youngster set a new Premier League record when he found the back of the net on his debut against Crystal Palace, to become the league's youngest ever scorer.

With Everton 3-0 up against the Eagles, Vaughan replaced Gary Naysmith in the 75th minute to a rousing reception from the Goodison Park crowd, and with three minutes left he completed the rout with striker from close-range.

8. Michael Owen - LIVERPOOL v Wimbledon, May 1997

A talented 17-year-old striker by the name of Michael Owen marked his Liverpool debut in style as he came off the bench to become the club's youngest ever goalscorer against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

Owen replaced Patrick Berger just after the hour mark but could do little to prevent the Reds falling to a 2-1 defeat, which effectively ended the club's title hopes that year.

7. Alan Smith – Liverpool v LEEDS, November 1998

Soon after celebrating his 18th birthday, local boy Smith scored the equalising goal for Leeds in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

Smith scored with his very first touch of the ball in front of the Kop, sparking his side into life, and setting them on their way to a memorable win for the fallen Yorkshire giant.

VIDEO: Watch the goal here!

6. Jurgen Klinsmann - TOTTENHAM v Sheffield Wednesday, August 1994

Jurgen Klinsmann's £2million move to Tottenham from AS Monaco was met with a negative response from most Premier League fans, who considered him to be a cheat because of his reputation for diving.

So when the German goal machine scored the winning goal in a 4-3 thriller against Sheffield Wednesday, Klinsmann broke the ice with his trademark diving celebration, immediately endearing himself to the Spurs faithful.

VIDEO: Watch the goal here!

5. Ruud van Nistelrooy – MANCHESTER UNITED v Fulham, August 2001

After the former PSV Eindhoven striker completed his £19million move to England, the deadly Dutchman made an immediate impact by scoring against Liverpool in the Charity Shield.

Van Nistelrooy's Premier League debut was delayed by injury, but for Manchester United fans it was worth the wait, as he returned with a double-strike in a man-of-the-match performance in a 3-2 win against Fulham - the first and second of 36 goals scored in his debut season at Old Trafford.

VIDEO: Watch the goals here!

4. Mario Stanic - CHELSEA v West Ham, August 2000

The name is unlikely to ring a bell with many Premier League fans - that's how uneventful Stanic's Chelsea career turned out to be.

But the former Croatian international burst onto the scene at Stamford Bridge, netting a brace in a 4-2 victory over rivals West Ham - the first of which was a 35-yard screamer - which will live long in the memory of Blues fans.

VIDEO: Watch the goals here!


3. Papiss Demba Cisse - NEWCASTLE v Aston Villa, February 2012

The new Newcastle number nine, who signed from Freiburg last month in a reported £10million deal marked his debut with a spectacular goal to give his teammates a valuable 2-1 victory.

The 26-year-old Senegal international was the most expensive signing of the January transfer window, and has already got Magpies fans excited after giving them a taste of what's to come with his match-winning performance.

VIDEO: Watch the goal here!

2. Sergio Aguero - MANCHESTER CITY v Swansea, August 2011

As the headline signing of a club known for splashing the cash in recent years, Sergio Aguero was always going to be under a lot of pressure on his debut for Manchester City.

However, the Argentine international seemed to relish the occasion, making an appearance from the bench, he wasted no time in netting his first and second goals for his new club, as well as turning provider to seal an emphatic 4-0 victory over Swansea.

VIDEO: Watch the goals here!


1. Fabrizio Ravanelli - MIDDLESBROUGH v Liverpool, August 1996

'The White Feather' Italian made himself an instant fans' favourite at The Riverside, after netting a debut hat-trick against Liverpool in a 3-3 draw on the opening day of the 1996-97 campaign.

The former Juventus striker twice drew Middlesbrough level, before earning the match-ball with another 81st minute equaliser, giving him the opportunity to don his famous shirt-over-the-head celebration that became a trademark for years to come.

VIDEO: Watch the goal here!

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