The Cape Verde international admits his big day will turn sour unless he can help Sunderland mark the occasion with a win.
"It's a special game for me because this is the league that I've wanted to play in," he told the Evening Chronicle.
"Playing in the Premier League has been my objective as a footballer.
"Now I just hope I can make a good debut and get a win to begin the season well.
"It's perfect to begin at the Stadium of Light, but only if we win."
For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball