Ranked! The 10 best debuts ever

Ranked! The 10 best debuts ever
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Who had the best debuts ever? Some players just hit the ground running, and have their new club's fans on their feet before 90 minutes are out.

For some, it's the beginning of a brilliant career, for others the start of an outstanding new chapter. For some, it's a peak they never manage to revisit.

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Adam Clery

Adam published his first article for FourFourTwo in 2015, but didn’t publish his second until seven years later in 2022. A figure that would put him near the top end of any ranking for Longest Time Between Appearances For One Club. In the time between he plied his trade as both a writer and presenter on YouTube, earning the dubious distinction of being “The James Milner of WhatCulture”. Be that because he was capable of playing any role, or just because it felt like he’d been around forever, depends on who you ask. And yes, that is him from the Football Manager documentary and, no, he doesn’t want to talk about it.