Revealing the stats behind Edouard’s record-breaking debut

September 17, 2021 1:20 am

Odsonne Edouard scored twice in a stunning Crystal Palace debut against Tottenham Hotspur – despite only coming on in the 84th minute.

Palace’s newest signing scored with his second touch of the ball just after coming on, setting a record in the process.

It took Edouard just 28 seconds to open his account for Palace, making it the fastest goal in Premier League history by a debutant off the substitutes bench. The previous fastest was scored against the Eagles, by West Brom’s Thievy in 2013/14.

Player Goal On pitch
Odsonne Edouard v Tottenham Hotspur, 2021/22 29 seconds
Thievy v Crystal Palace, 2013/14 36 seconds
Cucho Hernandez v Aston Villa, 2021/22 53 seconds

It is also the quickest debutant goal for a Palace player in the modern era, beating Ibra Sekajja’s strike against Hull City in April, 2011 (30 seconds).

Edouard’s effort was the fastest substitute goal by any Premier League player since Bernardo Silva against Brighton & Hove Albion in August, 2019 (17 seconds), and the fastest by a Palace player since Wilfried Zaha’s against Liverpool in May, 2015 (23 seconds).

But the dream debut didn’t end there. The Palace striker capped a fine team performance with a second goal in added time, sealing a hugely impressive 3-0 victory against then-top of the table Spurs.

In doing so, Edouard became the first Palace debutant to score twice since Danny Light at home to Hull on 6th May, 1967.