Erling Haaland took the Premier League by storm in his first few games. The Norwegian striker refuted all his critics after scoring a second hat-trick in a row for Manchester City.
Haaland, 22, now has nine goals and one assist in his five Premier League appearances for the Citizens since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
And, suddenly, wondering whether he was a good fit for Pep Guardiola’s tactics turned into unrelenting praise from fans, journalists and analysts on the Island.
“I repeat – this boy will break all goalscoring records – commented former English striker Michael Owen – He is big, fast, clinical in front of goal and plays for a team that creates dozens of chances per game. He just has to be healthy.”
Gary Lineker also joined in the praise for Haaland. “At the rate he’s going, Erling Haaland will break Alan Shearer’s record ahead of Harry Kane.”
Of course, to do it, the Norwegian will have to work hard. Shearer is the No. 1 goalscorer in Premier League history with 260 goals, while Harry Kane is the current top goalscorer in England’s top flight with 187. The Tottenham forward is level on goals with third all-time leader Andrew Cole, and apart from Shearer is only ahead of Wayne Rooney (208).
Haaland was immediately compared to Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero. Kuhn is fifth in the Premier League’s all-time scoring list with 184 goals, and he is also the record goalscorer for the “Citizens”.
“When City bought Erling, everyone was talking about what he had done in the past,” Guardiola said. , Austria and Germany, here. We were convinced of his talent.”
Guardiola is convinced Haaland has the qualities to become a City legend, but refused to compare him to Aguero, whose statue stands outside the Etihad.
“Sergio is a legend – added the Catalan. – No one can take his place in the hearts of City fans; he scored the most important goal in the modern history of this club.
Ering has the qualities to be here. We are not talking about anyone choosing between him and Sergio. Everything Sergio has done for the club is incredible. But it is a fact that Erling has the same gift.”
Manchester City are temporarily in second position after recording four wins and a draw in the first five rounds, only behind Arsenal who have a perfect record with 5/5 wins. However, the “Citizens” are the team with the best goal difference – an impressive 19:5, which means that they score almost four goals per game on average.