The 10 Worst Premier League Debuts


The Premier League kicked off with a bang this weekend, with goals flying in left right and centre and plenty of players impressing on their debuts.

But there were some new boys who had some absolute stinkers - including Wigan's Ivan Ramis who was torn a new one by Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Norwich's Rob Green who let in five against Swansea.

Here are Ramis, Green and eight other players who had Premier League debuts to forget.

10. Ivan Ramis

The former Rayo Vallecano defender was given a footballing lesson on Sunday by Chelsea's Eden Hazard, who spun him easily to set up the first for Branislav Ivanovic, and teased Ramis into a foul for a penalty. 

9. Rob Green

The former England goalkeeper let in five goals on his first QPR start at home to Swansea and was at fault for the first. Oops.

8. Wayne Bridge

The England left-back had a nightmare debut on loan at West Ham in January 2011 when he had a hand in three goals - all for Arsenal. He let Theo Walcott glide past him, played Robin van Persie onside and he gave away a penalty.

7. Joe Cole

Joe Cole's move to Liverpool was supposed to be the transfer that reignited his career, but a debut red card for a foul on Laurent Koscielny started a nightmare spell at Anfield. 

6. Laurent Koscielny

In that same game in August 2010 Koscielny was himself sent off, for two yellow cards. AND he had been sythed down by Cole earlier on. Not a great debut.

5. Garry Flitcroft

Flitcroft lasted just three minutes into his Blackburn debut in 1996 when he was sent off for an elbow to the face of Everton's Duncan Ferguson. For once, it wasn't Ferguson dishing it out.

4. Tomas Repka

The former West Ham defender and widely recognised nutjob was dismissed on his Hammers debut against Middlebrough in 2001. He was then sent off in his third game for West Ham. Mental!

3. Gervinho 

The Ivorian was sent off in his first game for Arsenal after giving Joey Barton a slap (something we'd all like to do). 

2. Chris Sutton

Before Torres, there was Chris Sutton. The former Blackburn striker smashed them in for fun at Ewood Park but struggled for goals at Stamford Bridge, missing a one-on-one on his debut and only going on to score one in 29 games.

1. Ali Dai

Perhaps the most famously bad debut in the Premier League, pub footballer Ali Dai swindled a game for Southampton but was hauled off a few minutes later when it was realised he was totally rubbish.