The last player to score a top flight hat-trick for every Premier League club

22 Aug

Norwich well and truly got their 2019/20 Premier League campaign off and running with a 3-1 defeat of Newcastle at Carrow Road last weekend.

Following a 4-1 spanking at Liverpool in their opener it was important for Daniel Farke’s men to get a result in their first home match since they last played in the top flight in 2015/16.

Norwich won at the weekend and it was a particularly great day for Teemu Pukki
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And the win over Newcastle was a particularly memorable day for Canaries striker Teemu Pukki, who scored all three of their goals.

Scoring a hat-trick is a fine individual achievement for any player, particularly a striker who is playing his first season in Premier League football.

Next up for Pukki and co. is a home clash against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who have yet to win this season and you can listen to commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT – the first of our three live commentaries on GameDay this Saturday.

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Pukki actually became the first Norwich player to score a top-flight treble since Efan Ekoku scored three goals at Everton in September 1993.

This crazy statistic got us thinking at talkSPORT.com– who were the last players to score top-flight hat-tricks for each club currently playing in the Premier League?

Below you can see which players scored these trebles, when they happened and who they were against, with thanks to Opta.

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey (vs Everton) – February 2018

Aston Villa

Christian Benteke (vs QPR) – April 2015

Bournemouth

Callum Wilson (vs Huddersfield) – November 2017

Wilson is Bournemouth’s last hat-trick hero
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Brighton & Hove Albion

Gordon Smith (vs Coventry City) – October 1980

Burnley

Andre Gray (vs Sunderland) – December 2016

Chelsea

Eden Hazard (vs Cardiff City) – September 2018

Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie (vs Sunderland) – April 2015

Everton

Wayne Rooney (vs West Ham) – November 2017

Rooney’s third goal saw him score from inside his own half as Everton beat the Hammers 4-0
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Leicester City

Jamie Vardy (vs Manchester City) – December 2016

Liverpool

Roberto Firmino (vs Arsenal) – December 2018

Manchester City

Raheem Sterling (vs West Ham) – August 2019

Sterling scored a hat-trick in the opening weekend of the 2019/20 campaign – the first of this season
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Manchester United

Robin van Persie (vs Aston Villa) – April 2013

Newcastle United

Ayoze Perez (vs Southampton) – April 2019

Norwich City

Teemu Pukki (vs Everton) – September 1993

Sheffield United

Brian Deane (vs Ipswich Town) – January 1993

Southampton

Sadio Mane (vs Manchester City) – May 2016

Mane was the last Southampton player to score a top-flight hat-trick despite being a Liverpool player for over three years
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Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura (vs Huddersfield) – April 2019

Watford

Gerard Deulofeu (vs Cardiff City) – February 2019

West Ham

Andy Carroll (vs Arsenal) – April 2016

Wolves

Diogo Jota (vs Leicester City) – January 2019

Jota scored a hat-trick in a brilliant game which saw Wolves beat the Foxes 4-3

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Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson made their Champions League debuts for non-British teams but who are the other six English players to do this?

20 Sep

Young English players trying their hand at foreign leagues is on the up and two of the England’s most promising stars made history this week.

Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson became the seventh and eighth English players to make their debuts in the Champions League for a non-British side.

Sancho in action for Dortmund against Club Brugge this week

The former Manchester City man started Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday night while Nelson – on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal – came on during the German side’s 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Champions League round-up – Tuesday

Champions League round-up – Wednesday

But who are the other six English players to achieve this feat?

Brian Deane (Benfica)

He’s better known for scoring the first ever Premier League goal as a Sheffield United player in August 1992 but he made his Champions League debut after signing for Graeme Souness’ Benfica in 1998.

Deane was a part of the ‘British invasion’ of Portuguese football from that time as you’ll see later.

Michael Thomas (Benfica)

Thomas never played in the Champions League for former club Liverpool so his first appearance in the competition came for Souness’ Benfica.

The striker only lasted for two years before moving back to England.

Thomas is better known for his days in English football

Scott Minto (Benfica)

The left-back was also recruited by Souness in June 1997 where he made his debut in Europe’s elite competition.

Minto didn’t last long at the Estadio da Luz either, joining West Ham for £1million in January 1999.

Steve McManaman (Real Madrid)

It may come as a surprise he never played in the Champions League during his lengthy time at boyhood club Liverpool, but McManaman’s first appearance in the Champions League came for Real Madrid in the 1999/00 season.

Los Blancos went on to win the competition, beating Valencia 3-0 in the final. McManaman bagged Real Madrid’s second goal of the game with a well-taken volley.

McManaman won the 2000 Champions League final with Real Madrid

Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)

Hargreaves certainly had a debut Champions League season to remember, starting the final that Bayern won after beating Valencia in a penalty shootout. He was just 20-years-old.

He went on to win the competition with Manchester United in 2008 but his time at Old Trafford was ravaged by injury.

Matt Derbyshire (Olympiakos)

Remember him? Derbyshire had a few good games for Blackburn before joining Olympiakos in 2009.

He made his Champions League debut but failed to make any kind of impact on the competition.

Derbyshire in action for the Greek side against Bordeaux in February 2010