Your debut for a club is supposed to be one of the crowning achievements in your career. It’s the moment you dream of a player, the moment that keeps you up at night, tossing and turning on the eve of a game. Every player remembers their first touch on the pitch, as well as all the hype, build-up and fallout from their first appearance.
In total, 18 players have scored on their Premier League debuts, and plenty others have announced their arrivals with some solid showings on Sofa Score.
But, what happens when the dream debut turns into a nightmare? In honor of Joao Felix’s red card on his Chelsea debut, join us here at SinkorSwimSports as we run through all 22 Premier League players who have been SENT OFF on their debut!
An Unwelcome Club For Joao To Join
Joao Felix only joined Chelsea about 33 hours and one training session before his Premier League debut. The Atletico Madrid forward was signed by the Blues on a six-month loan spell worth approximately £9.7m.
To be fair, his debut had been one of the most exciting parts of Chelsea’s so far, starting brightly in the Blues’ Thursday night loss away to Fulham. However, after an absolute horror challenge on Kenny Tete in the 58th minute, the Portuguese forward was shown a straight red card by referee David Coote.
The forward received a three-match ban, meaning his loan spell will now cost Chelsea $666,666 per game.
Players Sent Off On Their Debuts
Check out all the players who have also been sent off on the Premier League debuts:
West Ham v Newcastle, 1993
Leicester v Wimbledon, 1994
Manchester City v QPR, 1995
Aston Villa v QPR, 1995
Sheffield Wednesday v Liverpool, 1997
Charlton v Newcastle, 1998
West Ham v Middlesbrough, 2001
West Brom v Manchester United, 2002
Blackburn v Bolton, 2003
Manchester City v Everton, 2004
Birmingham v Liverpool, 2005
Everton v Blackburn, 2006
Manchester City v Chelsea, 2006
Reading v Chelsea, 2007
Fulham v West Ham, 2009
Sunderland v Wolves, 2010
Arsenal v Liverpool, 2010
Arsenal v Newcastle, 2011
QPR v Bolton, 2011
QPR v Fulham, 2012
Tottenham v Manchester City, 2014
Chelsea v Fulham, 2023
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