Best City Debuts Countdown: 10-6
- 18 August 2011 11:16
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
Sergio Aguero’s sensational debut against Swansea City got us thinking as well as purring here at Blues HQ.
Just where did the Argentina international’s stellar cameo performance as a second half substitute rank amongst the all-time great modern era debuts for the club?
It was a question that prompted much debate in the office so we decided to compile a purely arbitrary and subjective list for City fans to ponder and discuss.
We are not claiming this is as a definitive or official top ten just a list in two parts to kick start a debate.
10) Mikhail Kavelashvili v United: With Georgian genius Georgi Kinkladze already at Maine Road and impressing, Blues manager Alan Ball brought in fellow countryman Mikhail Kavelashvili to help bolster City’s attacking force. The striker made his bow on 6 April 1996 at Maine Road in a fiercely-contested derby game. With City battling against relegation, Kavelashvili opened the scoring within 10 minutes but couldn’t prevent the Blues losing 3-2.
9) Andy Morrison v Colchester United: Back in the Division Two days, Joe Royle signed defender Andy Morrison from Huddersfield Town. The burly Scot made an instant impression with the City fans. He made his debut against Colchester United on 31 October 1998 at Maine Road and scored a volley to secure City’s 2-1 victory - a bonus for a man who was supposed to shore up the defence.
8) Benjani v United: ‘He comes from Zimbabwe, to score on derby day’. Sven Goran-Eriksson signed Benjani on transfer deadline day at the end of January 2008 and immediately threw the striker in at the deep end. He made his debut at Old Trafford on 11 February 2008 and he created history when his goal resulted in City beating their neighbours United 2-1- the first time the Blues had won at Old Trafford since Denis Law’s infamous back heel in 1974.
7) Shay Given v Boro: Shay Given had been Newcastle’s number one for many years until Mark Hughes brought him to the blue half of Manchester. On 7 February 2009 the Irishman made his debut against Middlesbrough and produced a man of the match performance to endear himself immediately to the City faithful. He made four incredible saves from Afonso Alves - Boro’s only four shots on target throughout the 90 minutes- to keep a clean sheet and ensure that the Blues won the game 1-0.
6) Paulo Wanchope v Sunderland: The Costa Rican striker signed for City under manager Joe Royle and immediately made his mark, scoring a hat-trick on his home debut on 23 August 2000 at Maine Road. City beat Sunderland 4-2 thanks to Wanchope’s efforts, with his final two proving vital to beat a stubborn Black Cats side.