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Newcastle have a new hero as Sandro Tonali scores six minutes into debut against Aston Villa

Sandro Tonali took just six minutes to announce himself as Newcastle’s newest hero against Aston Villa.

The Italian midfielder was handed his Magpies’ debut by Eddie Howe in their first Premier League clash of the season, and wasted little time in proving he’s the real deal at a rapturous St James’ Park.

Tonali swept home after just six minutes at St James’ ParkGetty

He wheeled away to enjoy the celebrations in front of his new fansGetty



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Following some fine work by Anthony Gordon down the left flank, the former Everton star clipped a ball into the box before Tonali slid in to power the ball past Emiliano Martinez at the Leazes End.

Newcastle announced the signing of Tonali at the start of July, with the midfielder joining in a £52million deal from AC Milan.

The 23-year-old played 130 times for Milan and with 14 senior Italy caps, with his performances seeing him compared to midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo.

Fans were loving what they saw, with one supporter taking to social media to say: “Dream debut.”

Another said: “What a player, what a signing,” while a third added: “Build this man a statue.”

One more commented: “I’m in love,” while a final fan said: “What a boy! He’s arrived!”

Newcastle’s fans were absolutely loving what they saw from their newest starRobbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

In a frantic first period, Newcastle’s lead lasted just four minutes before Aston Villa were level through a debut goal of their own from Moussa Diaby, before Alexander Isak restored Newcastle’s lead with 16 minutes on the clock.

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