Monday 10 February 2014
West Bromwich Albion fans may have been disappointed after the 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday but one silver lining was the impact of new signing Thievy Bifouma, who, in scoring after coming on as a substitute at half-time, set a Barclays Premier League record.
The goal by the French striker, who was signed from Espanyol on deadline day, was the fastest scored by a player on his debut in the Barclays Premier League. The 21-year-old's strike came only 36 seconds after kick-off for the second half at Selhurst Park, after he had been introduced during the break for Zoltan Gera. It was the first time a player had scored within his first minute of playing Barclays Premier League football.
Bifouma beat the record held by Kepa Blanco, of West Ham United, who scored 65 seconds after coming as a substitute against Liverpool in January 2007, having just signed on loan from Sevilla.
In the match at Selhurst Park, Bifouma was one of three players to score on their Barclays Premier League debuts, with Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley striking for Palace. It is the first time that three debutants have scored in the same Barclays Premier League match, outside of the opening day of a season.
The first nine of the top 10 fastest goals by debutants in the Barclays Premier League are by substitutes (N.B. in the table with the times below, the timing of goals before 2003 have been rounded up to the nearest 30 seconds).
The fastest by a debutant starter was Samir Nasri’s goal for Arsenal v West Brom at the start of the 2008/09 season after 3min 41sec.
|Tore Andre Flo||09/08/1997||2nd||Chelsea||Coventry
|Paul Simpson||17/08/1996||2nd||Derby||Leeds Utd|
|Alan Smith||14/11/1998||2nd||Leeds Utd||Liverpool|
|Roque Santa Cruz||11/08/2007||2nd||Blackburn
|Ilan Araujo||06/02/2010||2nd||West Ham