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Renato Sanches announces himself to English football by karate kicking Joselu in the balls

The on loan Bayern Munich star made his bow in English football against Newcastle

Renato Sanches’ arrival in England was never likely to be quiet.

There’s a lot of fuss about the 20-year-old from Portugal after winning the prestigious European Golden Boy award and Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 in the last couple of years.

Sanches makes his bow for Swansea

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Sanches makes his bow for Swansea

But for one reason or another he’s now at Swansea after failing to make an impression at Bayern Munich.

And understandably upon debut on Sunday against Newcastle the spotlight was firmly on Sanches and how he’d perform in the Premier League.

He showed a few promising touches here and there but also gave the ball away repeatedly in the first half.

His debut was a mixed bag

His debut was a mixed bag

But then, intentionally or not, he landed a pretty grim challenge on Newcastle striker Joselu.

Right where it hurts the most.

With Joselu in front of him, Sanches stuck his boot right between the Spaniard’s legs after he beat him to the ball.

There seemed little attempt to actually get the ball which smacked of petulance, but the on loan Bayern star got away with it.

It was safe to say Sanches’ debut divided opinion on social media too:

Sanches seems a bargain at £2.5m on Dream Team this season – have you got him in your side?