The highly anticipated debut of Sandro Tonali for Newcastle United has created a viral sensation with the highlights of his performance capturing the attention of football enthusiasts.
Tonali, who recently made a move from AC Milan to Newcastle in a reported €70 million deal, has been eagerly awaited by the Magpies’ fans.
They have been eager to witness their new hero in action as Eddie Howe’s team gears up for the 2023/2024 season.
During a pre-season friendly against Scottish Premiership side Rangers on Tuesday night, Newcastle provided Tonali with his first opportunity to showcase his skills for the club.
The buzz surrounding his debut has generated widespread interest, leading to the highlights of his performance becoming a viral sensation.
Sandro Tonali made an impressive start to his Newcastle United career, being named in the starting lineup alongside Sean Longstaff and Elliot Anderson in midfield.
During his brilliant debut performance, Tonali showcased his skills, giving fans a glimpse of why Newcastle invested heavily to secure his services.
The 23-year-old displayed excellent ball control, effortlessly distributing precise and powerful passes throughout the field.
Tonali’s involvement was crucial in the opening goal, as his first-time pass set up Elliot Anderson, who then assisted Miguel Almiron to expertly finish the opportunity.
In the end, Newcastle emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Rangers. Following the match, the highlights from Tonali’s impressive 45-minute cameo quickly spread across various platforms, gaining significant attention and going viral.
Fans were quick to react on social media.
One said: “As a Newcastle fan, he looked absolutely quality, don’t worry, AC fans we’ll look after him.”
Another tweeted: “Did he put even one foot wrong?! Some players don’t get a reel of quality passes like that in a season, let alone in one game. What a signing…”
A third fan added: “We knew he was strong in the challenge and a powerful runner but wow does he read the game quickly. Several times he was on it before others had even realised where the ball was going.”
Someone else wrote: “Playing all over the place, good passing and vision. With a full-strength team going full speed he’s going to be a nightmare to play against.”
On his team’s performance, Howe said: “Bits of the first half was outstanding, some really good football.
“Second half wasn’t as pretty and clean but there were a lot of changes, we managed to find a way to win again and that’s a great thing.”