Five top scorers in the Premier League following Erling Haaland’s exploits


Erling Haaland made an immediate impression on his Premier League debut with two goals for Manchester City as the champions beat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday.

Here we look back at some other great competitive first appearances by forwards.

Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham – Sheffield Wednesday, 1994)

Spurs pulled off a coup when they lured the German world champion striker into White Hart Lane and he made an instant impression.

There were many wondering if his reputation for theatrical trapping would be good for English football, but he won over the media at a cheery first press conference when he joked he was looking for a diving school.

He then delivered on the pitch, heading in the winning goal in the 4-3 win at Hillsborough and celebrating with a swan jump in front of the fans.

Fabrizio Ravanelli (Middlesbrough v Liverpool, 1996)

Ravanelli scored a memorable hat-trick on his Middlesbrough debut (Dave Kendall/PA Archive)

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Middlesbrough caused a stir in the mid-1990s with the signings of Juninho, Emerson and Ravanelli and the Italy striker was an instant hit with a hat-trick on his debut.

Boro fell behind three times in a classic riverside encounter, but Ravanelli responded each time to secure a 3-3 draw.

His first equalizer came from the penalty spot, his second was a tap-in and his third was a nice low shot over the goal from the turn. He celebrated each time by characteristically pulling his shirt over his head.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, centre, scored twice on his Premier League debut (Martin Rickett/PA)

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The Dutch striker had to wait a year before joining United after being hit by a knee injury in 2000, but he soon made up for lost time.

After United were 2-1 down at Old Trafford, Van Nistelrooy turned the game around with two goals in three minutes early in the second half.

His first was a skillful volley as the keeper came his way and his second was an insistent shot from close range.

The man who would go on to become City’s record goalscorer started with a bang with two goals on his debut as a substitute.

City had just taken the lead when the Argentine came on after the hour to liven up the attack and he soon did just that, conceding at the far post within minutes of being substituted on.

He then scored again for David Silva before clinching a long-range effort to secure a 4-0 win.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United, v Liverpool, 2015)

Martial ended any hopes of a Liverpool comeback (Martin Rickett/PA)

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However Martial is ultimately remembered at Old Trafford, his debut will likely not be forgotten.

The Frenchman made himself instantly popular with United fans as he came off the bench to celebrate a 3-1 win over arch-rivals Liverpool.

A stunning Christian Benteke volley six minutes from time had given Liverpool hope of a point but Martial soon ended any chance of it. The 19-year-old slipped into the box from the left and weaved between two defenders before firing low past Simon Mignolet. Five top scorers in the Premier League following Erling Haaland’s exploits

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