In England it is even unheard of. Against Manchester United on Sunday he scored a hat-trick. One again. The third since his arrival in the Kingdom. And already a ridiculous statistic, among other things: the Norwegian has reached this milestone after only 8 appearances in the Premier League where Michael Owen, a prodigy among the prodigies at his time, had waited 48 games to get such a performance.
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“It is simply unplayable“, advanced Gary Neville, Sky Sports consultant. A sentiment shared by Peter Schmeichel for the BBC. “The most important part for a scorer is patience. […] The Cristiano Ronaldo, the Filippo Inzaghi, can disappear and all of a sudden they strike. But when you see Haaland, he’s still another guy. He scores goals like Zlatan but also goals like Ronaldo. In fact, he brings together all kinds of scorers. This is why he is so dangerous“.
More and more complete
His hat-trick proved that his panoply was becoming more and more complete: a furious helmet on a corner, a hungry tackle on a five-star serve from De Bruyne and a recovery of a touch on a cross from Foden. Move, nothing to see. Here he is already at 17 goals, in all competitions. And the month of October has just begun.
“The numbers speak for themselvesPep Guardiola explained after the performance of his striker. He did these things before he got here, it’s not just us. But we always try to help him in our environment. Here we always have the impression that he is hungry and that he wants to compete. Honestly, the numbers are scary“.
So much so that the Kingdom already imagines him as the future top scorer in the Premier League. A BBC consultant, Robbie had almost used humor when he recently estimated that Haaland could reach 51 Premier League goals this season. From Sunday the irony is less marked.
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“Finally, it’s not ridiculousChris Sutton said. If he stays fit all year round, that’s not impossible“. Mo Salah’s record in 2017-2018, with 32 goals in 38 games, already seems in danger. At this time of the year the Egyptian had scored” only “4 pawns. Haaland already has ten to spare. .
But it is above all Alan Shearer’s record that has been cited by everyone since Sunday. While Harry Kane (188 goals) looked like the ideal candidate to dethrone the former Newcastle symbol from his position as historic Premier League top scorer (260 goals), Hurricane Haaland put things in perspective.
“Honestly, if he stays here any longer, Shearer’s record will fall.Sutton concluded. I’m not sure if Kane can achieve that total. But this guy has absolutely everything“.
Erling Braut Haaland (Manchester City)
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