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Sport Five goals conceded, nine touches, and subbed after 34 minutes… did Dimitri Foulquier suffer the worst debut in Premier League history during Watford's humiliating first half against Manchester City?

19:00  21 september  2019
19:00  21 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Watford defender Dimitri Foulquier endured a nightmare Premier League debut after Manchester City had raced into a five-goal lead in the clash on Saturday.

The 26-year-old received just nine touches of the ball as the champions ruthlessly swept past Quique Sanchez Flores' men at the Etihad, and was hauled off by the new Watford boss on 34 minutes.

Foulquier had been signed in 2017, but was forced to wait two seasons before earning his first piece of competitive action in the English top flight.

a football player on a field: Watford defender Dimitri Foulquier endured a nightmare Premier League debut on Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Watford defender Dimitri Foulquier endured a nightmare Premier League debut on Saturday

The French full back was handed a surprise start against the big guns, having featured just once under former boss Javi Gracia.

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But in a ruthless display of finishing, Pep Guardiola's side had netted five times in 18 minutes and threatened to add to their tally with every foray forward. 

In a desperate attempt to spare his men further embarrassment, Sanchez Flores then introduced Roberto Pereyra into the fray at the expense of Foulquier.

a group of men playing a game of football: But Foulquier had impressed with La Liga side Getafe last season in their fifth place finish © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But Foulquier had impressed with La Liga side Getafe last season in their fifth place finish

What is undoubtedly one of the worst Premier League debuts of all time is made all the more surprising after Foulquier's impressive showings for Getafe last season.

The Frenchman had played an integral role in a fifth place finish for Jose Bordalas' side in La Liga, and even cropped up with three goals during his 22 appearances. 

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The Premier League at its most ludicrously decadent. This was a damaged player who suffered terribly with injury and, frankly, it’ s a wonder he passed a medical when signing in 2001. After nine Premier League appearances ( during which his only contribution of note was receiving a straight red

a group of football players on a field: Manchester City were in ruthless form against Watford and bagged five goals in 18 minutes © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Manchester City were in ruthless form against Watford and bagged five goals in 18 minutes

But after the Spaniards failed to agree another loan deal for the player, Foulquier was shipped back to Watford to face an uncertain future.

And after the London outfit's abject humiliation, and the full back's hurried withdrawal, Foulquier is once again facing the prospect of another frustrating season in the capital. 

The maligned defender's maiden appearance perhaps even mirrored that of the likes of Ali Dia, Jonathan Woodgate and Curtis Davies.

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