Erling Haaland set a series of records right in his first season playing in England.
Facing a packed schedule, coach Pep Guardiola made a series of changes when Man City faced West Ham in the English Premier League. He gave goalkeeper Stefan Ortega the opportunity to play and even once promoted John Stones to play as a playmaker.
Record holder Erling Haaland
Although the Spanish teacher made such an adjustment, an important thing still appeared. That’s Erling Haaland scoring.
More importantly, with this goal, the Norwegian player has a total of 35 goals in the English Premier League this season – an unprecedented achievement. In the first season of playing football in the foggy country, Haaland broke a record that has existed for nearly 3 decades – something that top strikers like Ronaldo, Henry or Van Nistelrooy also have to say goodbye. And Haaland did this when he was only 22 years old.
Like two older brothers Ronaldo and Messi, Haaland was born to set new milestones for world football. Over the past few months, Haaland has become the ‘youngest player to score 30 goals in the Champions League’, ‘the player who needs the fewest games to score 30 goals in the Champions League’ and the ‘Most Goal Scorer in the Premier League’ best on all walls’.
Once doubted about his ability to succeed when he arrived at Man City, Haaland quickly smashed mixed opinions by scoring 15 goals and 3 assists after only the first 10 matches. The teams in the foggy country began to retreat deeper into the squad if they had to meet Man City, appointing more personnel according to the Haaland contract.
However, in a sublime season, Haaland was nearly unstoppable. Up to now, Haaland has conceded 16/19 teams in the English Premier League this season.
The record of 34 goals per season in the Premier League was once considered an ‘unbreakable’ record, set by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole at a time when the season lasted 42 games instead of 38 as it is now. Even so, Haaland still passed easily (at this time, he had scored 36 goals). If not for coach Pep Guardiola to rest in recent times, the above number will certainly be higher.
However, Haaland’s value is not only in the goals. ‘He gives us a lot of things. He puts pressure on the opponent, participates in the defense. He helps our long-ball strategies work. He helps us keep possession of the ball,’ coach Pep Guardiola shared not long ago.
Ready to conquer new heights
In the context that two superstars Messi and Ronaldo gradually passed their peak, Haaland rose to become the brightest star. This season, the Norwegian player scored a total of 52 goals, 8 assists in all competitions. The English Premier League has been won. If with Man City complete the treble with more Champions League and FA Cup, the Norwegian player can expect the first Golden Ball in his career.
Haaland now has all the conditions to become a new superstar of the world football village. The player born in 2000 possesses talent, is very disciplined, plays at a top club and is led by an excellent Pep Guardiola.
“Haaland is the best player in the world right now. If you’re thinking about who will win the Ballon d’Or in the future, it’s him,” former striker Wayne Rooney shared not long ago.
Haaland’s job now is to hold on to what is and keep moving forward. When asked about breaking records, Haaland smiled and admitted that he would “go crazy” if he thought too much about it.
The Norwegian will use his time for other interests. ‘I will go home, play a few games, eat something and go to bed early,’ Haaland revealed after scoring against West Ham on May 4.
Haaland still has a long way to go. The record holder of English football understands that too. So instead of comparing himself to anyone, Haaland chose to practice every day, trying to play well in every match. Once the mood is comfortable, Haaland can score goals against any team.
When they are very close to an unbelievable treble, Man City desperately needs a striker like that.