Doku came in on the left to replace the injured Jack Grealish, and looked good in flashes – especially when swapping with Phil Foden to play off the right wing instead.
City weren&apost at their best in the first half, seeing Julian Alvarez&aposs opener cancelled out by Tim Ream&aposs tap-in immediately afterwards. A controversial Nathan Ake goal sent the Blues in ahead at the break, before Erling Haaland&aposs hat-trick put daylight between the sides and gloss on the scoresheet.
Doku lasted 75 minutes on his debut, receiving a good ovation when he went off – but the Belgian was left frustrated that he couldn&apost get his first goal or assist in his first appearance.
Speaking to City TV, Doku said of his debut: “It&aposs a great feeling, a nice win which makes it better. Amazing crowd and a lot of goals.
“I was a bit nervous before the game, my first time signing for a big club, it&aposs normal. I tried my best for the team as much as possible. When you play at home you have an advantage, you do stuff and the crowd yells positively [to help].”
With Haaland getting a hat-trick and assist on a productive afternoon, Doku was excited to play alongside the striker this season – even if there were frustrations over not being able to supply him more against Fulham.