James Wilson and the Most Memorable Debuts of the Premier League Era

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James Wilson and the Most Memorable Debuts of the Premier League Era
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Debuts are not an easy thing to give.

With so much at stake—including money, reputations and points in the standings—managers are often cautious when it comes to starting a player for the first time.

On Tuesday, James Wilson was handed a surprise start by Manchester United caretaker manager Ryan Giggs, and the 18-year-old rewarded his boss with a two-goal performance against Hull City.

It was a memorable first match for the youngster, and Premier League history is chock-full of similar feel-good stories involving debutantes in the English top flight.

Following are 17 of the best—both full, senior debuts that happened to occur in the Premier League and goalscoring performances from players freshly unveiled after inter-league transfers.

See how Wilson stacks up against his peers, and feel free to submit your own memory of a goalscoring debut from the Premier League or any other division in the forum below.

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