You can’t do much better on your home debut than to score a hat-trick. Especially if you were only brought on at half-time.
That’s what Grant Ward did today on his debut for Ipswich, just five days after signing from Spurs.
Ward had been on the pitch a mere 39 seconds when he put Ipswich 1-0 up against Barnsley, sparking a thrilling second-half in which the Tractor Boys would win 4-2 and Ward would score three goals.
Ward only scored two goals while out on loan at Rotherham last season, to beat that total within a single half was something of a surprise. Let’s hope that Tottenham were prepared and remembered to insert a sell-on clause in that contract.