Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a hefty instant return on their €20million investment in Erling Haaland as the 19-year-old wonderkid produced a debut to savour on Saturday.
As far as debuts go, few compare to Erling Haaland’s 20-minute hat-trick in the 5-3 win at Augsburg, and Borussia Dortmund’s new match-winner has a warning for the rest of the Bundesliga: there is more of the same to come.
Two touches later and, with his second effort on goal, Haaland tapped home Thorgan Hazard’s pass to make it 3-3, before he rounded off the victory with a clinical finish to make it three goals from his first three shots and just 10 touches of a Bundesliga ball that he would be taking home, his name in the history books set in stone.
Haaland is the Bundesliga's second-youngest hat-trick scorer, and the division's first substitute debutant to strike three times in one game.
His latest hat-trick - and sixth of the 2019/20 season - means Haaland joins a seven-member club of Bundesliga players to score three times on their debut and is the first player to do so since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in August 2013.
Aubameyang and Haaland have all three in common and should the Norwegian - who became the first of his countrymen to score a Bundesliga goal for BVB - go on to replicate his Gabon predecessor's incredible record of 141 goals in 213 Dortmund appearances, he will become a legend at the Signal Iduna Park in next to no time.
It was a stunning performance from the Norway international, who modestly described his debut only as "good" before stating this kind of ruthless goalscoring is all in a day's work.