Remembering the full-debut goals of this season's new recruits
Sun 09 February 2020, 09:47|Tottenham Hotspur
There’s surely no better way to kick off your career at your new club than scoring on your first start - and that is exactly what all four of our permanent signings who have played for the first team this season have managed to do.
Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn have all made the move to N17 this campaign and each one of them got off to the perfect start in a Spurs shirt by finding the back of the net on their full debut.
Tanguy and Steven even went a step further as they both scored on their first appearance for us, while, following their respective injuries, Ryan scored in his fourth game and Gio in his sixth.
Of course, Jack Clarke and Gedson Fernandes have also joined us this term but Jack is yet to feature in our colours and Gedson has arrived on loan, meaning neither man impacts on this fascinating statistic surrounding players who have completed a permanent transfer since the end of last term.
Here’s a look back at those memorable moments for our new boys...
Tanguy Ndombele v Aston Villa
10 August, 2019 – Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
On the opening day of the campaign, Tanguy Ndombele popped up with a moment of exquisite quality just when we needed it most against Aston Villa. We had been on the back foot from the early stages as John McGinn had given the visitors a ninth-minute lead at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it looked like we would be left frustrated come full-time. However, with just 17 minutes remaining, we found our spark.
Lucas Moura worked the ball out to the edge of the box and laid it off to the on-running summer arrival from Lyon, who let fly with a ferocious drive. With power and swerve, the ball curled through the heart of the Villa back line and into the far right-hand corner of the net, sending the crowd into delirium - and even more so with it being the new man who had provided the magic. That goal was the catalyst for our victory as we went on to canter home 3-1 with Harry Kane scoring twice in the latter stages of the game.
Giovani Lo Celso v Crvena zvezda
6 November, 2019 – Crvena zvezda 0-4 Spurs – Champions League
Giovani Lo Celso initially arrived on loan from Real Betis in the summer before he converted his deal to a permanent one in January. He had endured a slow start to life in a Spurs shirt owing to an injury picked up on international duty for Argentina but as we moved into 2020, he quickly showed just how much talent he holds. A tenacious battler in midfield, he transitions the ball from one end of the pitch to the other with ease and also has an eye for goal – something which we saw on his first start for the Club in our November trip to Crvena zvezda.
Playing away in the tough environment of the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, the Argentine was persistent in midfield, stealing the ball from the opposition before charging over the half-way line towards goal. There was chaos in the box. Gio played the ball to Harry Kane, but his first-time shot cannoned off the post, Heung-Min Son was quickest to the rebound but his effort was cleared off the line and then the South Korean hit the crossbar. However, Gio eventually regained control of the situation and chested the loose ball down before flicking it into the top corner to give us a first-half lead. Son (2) and Christian Eriksen completed a fine victory for us after the break.
Ryan Sessegnon v Bayern Munich
11 December, 2019 – Bayern Munich 3-1 Spurs – Champions League
Like Gio, Ryan Sessegnon also suffered a disrupted start to his Spurs career as he arrived in N17 carrying a significant hamstring injury that he had picked up while on international duty with England Under-21s. It meant that the former Fulham man wouldn’t make his Spurs debut until the start of November - three months after signing for us - but it didn’t take him much longer to get off the mark in front of goal.
With our qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League having already been secured on matchday five in Group B and with us unable to finish anywhere other than second in the group, we headed into our matchday six clash against Bayern Munich with little riding on the contest. The encounter saw Ryan given his first start in a Spurs shirt and he duly responded to that opportunity as he lashed home our equaliser on the night. We had fallen behind to Kingsley Coman’s opener on 14 minutes, but Ryan buried our leveller six minutes later, finishing off a well-worked team move on the half-volley against Manuel Neuer. Unfortunately, we went on to lose 3-1 in the Allianz Arena.
Steven Bergwijn v Manchester City
2 February, 2020 – Spurs 2-0 Manchester City – Premier League
Not many people will forget Steven Bergwijn’s opening goal in a Spurs shirt in a hurry! It came with such class and skill, it came against the reigning league champions and it came at such a pivotal moment in the game. We were up against it at home to Manchester City, but once their left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko was dismissed on 60 minutes, you hoped we would seize the numerical advantage and kick on – and that is exactly what we did.
We quickly moved up the pitch and Steven won us a corner on the left. Son took that quickly and moved the ball to the Dutch winger, who then in turn played it to Harry Winks. The January arrival from PSV, meanwhile, continued his covert run into the box where he was eventually picked out by a clever chipped pass from Lucas and our new number 23 did the rest. Controlling the ball on his chest, he swiftly volleyed it in one motion into the far right corner, once again sending the South Stand into a frenzy in the elation of the new man’s fine strike. Son added a second soon afterwards as we completed one of the most memorable wins in our new stadium to date.