How Newcastle United's record signings have fared on their debuts ahead of Miguel Almiron's first outing

Miguel Almiron could make his Newcastle United debut against Wolves on Monday - but what first impressions have the club's other record buys made?

By Adam Webb
Sunday, 10 February, 2019, 12:21
Miguel Almiron could make his Newcastle debut at Wolves

There will undoubtedly be a weight of expectation on the Paraguayan's shoulders after he completed a £21million move to St James's Park. But he won't be the first record signing keen to make an immediate impression at Newcastle. Here's how some of the club's other record-breaking purchases have fared on their debuts:

Owen's first game was a 1-1 draw with Fulham before he scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance, a 3-0 win away at Blackburn Rovers in September 2005.
Shearer completed a world record 15 million move to his boyhood club in 1996. His first two games ended in defeat before he netted in his third outing against Wimbledon. The rest is history.
Columbian international Asprilla signed for the Magpies in 1996 for 6.7 million. The fan favourite got an assist from the bench on his debut in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Ferdinand signed from QPR in 1995 for 6 million. The striker scored on his debut alongside Warren Barton in a 3-0 win vs Coventry. With 41 league goals in 68 games Ferdinand was a big hit on Tyneside.

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Newcastle broke the record for the most money being paid for a defender when signing Barton from Wimbledon in June 1995 (4 million). He made a successful debut in a 3-0 win over Coventry at home.
The club spent 1.75 million on Cole in 1993, he scored 55 league goals in 70 appearances. Cole scored his first two goals against Grimsby helping clinch the Division One title.
Signed in 1987 for 575,000, the Brazilians debut came in a 1-1 draw at Norwich. Mirandinha scored 19 goals in 54 appearances for the club and was capped by Brazil four times, scoring one goal against England.
Signing for the club in 1971, MacDonald, scored a hat-trick on his St James Park debut against Liverpool. This earned him the nickname Supermac. The forward scored 95 league goals in 187 games.
Gallagher was involved in all three Newcastle goals in a 3-3 draw at Everton on his debut in 1925 (two goals, one assist). The Scot ended his Toon career with 133 goals in 160 games.