It is 20 years ago today that Tino Asprilla first stepped onto the pitch in the black and white of Newcastle United.
The Columbian striker arrived in February 1996 with Newcastle at the top of the Premier League, the striker (along with David Batty) a final piece of the jigsaw to help see United over the line.
We all know how that one ultimately turned out…but what a player.
It was little or nothing to do with Tino Asprilla as to why Newcastle didn’t go on to win the Premier League, he was most definitely a positive in the second half of that season.
The debut at the Riverside was instant proof of that, within 24 hours of his arrival on Tyneside Tino Asprilla was named on the bench for the trip to play Middlesbrough.
Within six minutes he had turned the Boro defence inside out and set Newcastle on the road to victory.
Watch the match action below, the first goal is class and watch out for the ‘blockbuster’ from Les Ferdinand for the winner.
Newcastle lined up on 10 February 1996:
Keith Gillespie (Tion Asprilla 67)