Erling Haaland of Manchester City appears to be unstoppable as he approaches the Premier League goalscoring record.
Erling Haaland is an unstoppable force, regardless of the circumstances. On Sunday, Manchester City played Manchester United in a highly anticipated derby, but it was evident by the conclusion that despite Erik ten Hag’s good start at Old Trafford, he still has a long way to go.
Pep Guardiola’s team won 6-3, with hat-tricks from Haaland and Phil Foden, demonstrating that the Norwegian is showing no signs of slowing down. The striker has 14 goals in eight games and, barring injury, appears to be on track to surpass the Premier League scoring record.
Alan Shearer and Andy Cole now hold the record for most goals in a single season with 34. If you don’t want to believe it because it was in a 44-game season, Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah holds the record in a 38-game season with 32.
Haaland is presently scoring at a pace of 1.75 goals per game, and if he continues at this rate, he will conclude the season with 66 goals. So, barring injuries or a dry period, it’s reasonable to say that the striker will easily beat the mark.
But Haaland may be aiming for more than just the Premier League scoring record. Despite having just played eight games, he has three hattricks. Sergio Aguero of Manchester City now holds the Premier League record with 12, so the Norwegian is already 25% of the way there.
Fans will just hope that their team does not participate in the game in which Haaland attempts to break the single-game scoring record of five goals, which is held by various players.
Overall, it’s evident that adding Haaland to an exceptionally creative City team was going to cause difficulties for the rest of the Premier League, but no one could have guessed just how potent it would be, with just Bournemouth (surprisingly) preventing the striker from scoring so far.
Add in the fact that Haaland will not be attending the World Cup because Norway failed to qualify, so he will have a month off in the middle of the season while his rivals must travel to Qatar, and it appears to be the perfect storm for City to take full advantage of the striker’s incredible sense for goal all season.