What better way to settle the nerves after moving to a new club other than to hit the back of the net on your debut.
It immediately eases the tension, instantly makes the supporters warm to you, and crucially, helps the team achieve their aims out on the pitch.
That is exactly what Tanguy Ndombele experienced on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa.
After his club-record £55m arrival from Lyon, the Frenchman will have been keen to start well, and he did just that with an excellent curled strike to kickstart Spurs’ comeback against Villa.
Plenty of other Tottenham new boys have bagged on their debuts, but let’s narrow it down and take a look at the previous four debutants to have netted before Ndombele did the business.
Scoring on your debut is good enough on its own, but to do it against a London rival, on their own turf, and in the 93rd-minute makes it just that bit sweeter.
That’s exactly what a fresh-faced Eric Dier did against West Ham at Upton Park in front of the away fans, causing chaos amongst the Tottenham supporters packed together in that corner as they snatched the three points.
Another debutant who netted against a London rival was Roberto Soldado.
The Spaniard dispatched a penalty against the Eagles at Selhurst Park to earn Spurs a 1-0 win on the opening day of the 2013/14 season, following his £26m arrival from Valencia.
Another player whose name ends with ‘bele’ bagged a goal on his Spurs debut when Mousa Dembele grabbed the opener in a home game against Norwich.
Unfortunately, his goal couldn’t earn the three points after Robert Snodgrass netted a dramatic late equaliser, but it was certainly a sign of things to come from the Belgian.
Emmanuel Adebayor had to do more to set to record straight at Spurs than any other new arrival normally would, having already spent the prime years of his career with Tottenham’s fierce north London rivals Arsenal.
Luckily for the Togo striker, he hit the ground running instantly with a goal on his debut against Wolves, slotting the ball past Wayne Hennessey after some nice link up play with another debutant, Scott Parker.