9 goals in 5 matches: Erling Haaland (Manchester City) has already marked the history of the Premier League and its territory

9 goals in 5 matches: Erling Haaland (Manchester City) has already marked the history of the Premier League and its territory

It’s a phenomenon. But that, we already knew. What we did not yet know was his ability to continue his show in a championship as high as the Premier League and to adapt to Manchester City’s unique game for a centre-forward. Five matches were enough to get an idea on the issue. Five matches where Erling Haaland has always known how to be decisive, even without shining in the game. Because even when he did not score against Bournemouth (4-0), he found a way to deliver an assist.

Here is already the 22-year-old Norwegian prodigy with nine goals on the clock in PL after his new hat-trick against promoted Nottingham Forest (5-0), second in the league for him. Enough to allow the one who was bought for 60 million euros by City at the start of the summer to display crazy statistics, as almost always in fact.

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Erling Haaland could hardly dream of a better way to start across the Channel. The Leeds native sets a new record. After nine achievements in five matches, he does better than Micky Quinn and Sergio Agüero. The former Newcastle goalscorer kickstarted the Premier League in 1992 with eight goals in his opening five games and the Argentine kicked off his City adventure in style by also scoring eight times in the first five games with City, already. Behind in this ranking, Diego Costa (7 goals with Chelsea), Jürgen Klinsmann (6 goals with Tottenham) or even Fabrizio Ravanelli (6 goals with Middlesbrough) can only fully appreciate King Haaland’s start.

9 goals? Better than 15 Premier League teams

After five matches in the Kingdom, Erling Haaland is already at the top of the Premier League’s top scorer rankings. With a four-goal lead already over his first pursuer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is nevertheless showing impressive efficiency for his return to PL in the first division with Fulham. It must be said that no one can keep pace with this infernal Norwegian machine, which already has three goals more than Chelsea, for example. But the Blues are no exception as 15 Premier League teams have fewer goals than Erling Haaland at the moment…

Two hat-tricks in five matches: Demba Ba’s record shattered

Three goals in 30 minutes against Crystal Palace this weekend (4-2). And just a few days later, Erling Haaland did it again with another hat trick. The former Dortmund serial goalscorer, who only needed to touch the ball 105 times to score his goals this season, became the fastest player to score two Premier League hat-tricks by achieving it on his fifth meeting with the Citizens.

Before him, the best mark was held by Demba Ba, who had taken 21 matches to plant two hat-tricks. An exploded passage time, therefore. As ESPN amused, Erling Haaland already has as many Premier League hat-tricks as Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard and Son Heung-min. However, we are not talking about just any players even if they do not play in the same position and the three have more than 200 Premier League matches in their legs…

Haaland likes to mark his territory with authority

If no one really had any doubts about his ability to score with Manchester City, seeing him so formidable so quickly is stunning. But that’s not necessarily a surprise. As if nothing could stop or impress him, Erling Haaland left his mark on all the competitions where he officiated in a club from his very first steps. As if to mark his territory and make everyone understand that a new boss has arrived.

It’s even an old habit for him now. For In his first five league appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019 when he was barely of age, the centre-forward had five goals. Having left for Dortmund in January 2020, he then impressed the Bundesliga with eight goals for his first five outings. And the best example of this ability to adapt quickly remains of course the Champions League.

In 2019, Erling Haaland exploded in the eyes of the world by stringing the goals like pearls for his first outings in the queen competition of the Old Continent with Salzburg. His first five meetings had been punctuated by eight goals… A festival that had caught the eye of the entire football world. The Premier League was therefore aware. But that didn’t change the story.

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