What ‘Bundesliga tax’? Erling Haaland smashes Premier League goalscoring records like no one has ever done


Erling Haaland scored his second straight hat-trick of the Premier League season

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Erling Haaland has scored 9 goals in 5 Premier League games for Manchester City so far.
  • Haaland’s hat-trick against Nottingham Forest was his second straight of the season.
  • The Norwegian has been backed by many to score the most Premier League goalscoring record.
They said he could only do it in the Bundesliga, in a “Farmers League”. But Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has set the Premier League on fire with his goalscoring prowess. The Norwegian scored his second straight hat-trick of the league season as Cityzens netted 6 goals past an ill-fated Nottingham Forest side on Wednesday night.

In just his first 5 games in the English top flight, Haaland has 9 goals to his name. 6 of those 9 goals were scored by a hat-trick. In fact, there are rumors in the English media that the rival teams’ managers are calling each other to find a way to stop the striker from scoring for free.

Whether it’s pace, ball control, strength or finishing ability, Haaland has pretty much every trait one needs in a classic No.9. As Haaland struck three times in the opening 38 minutes against Forest, he broke a few Premier League records.

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  • Erling has scored nine goals in five Premier League appearances, which is a new competitive record. He exceeded Mick Quinn and Sergio Agüero who had both scored 8 goals each in their first 5 games.
  • Haaland, 22, scored 9 goals in August itself, breaking the record for goals scored that month.
  • Until Haaland’s hat-trick against Forest, no one had scored two Premier League hat-tricks in less than 21 appearances. The Manchester City man did it in five.

In fact, Haaland took only 101 football touches to score his 9 goals. The numbers explain that the striker doesn’t even need a lot of possession to break free.

The buzz surrounding Haaland’s superb Premier League debut has already caught the eye of some of the biggest names in English football. Even the great Gary Linekar thinks Haaland will break Alan Shearer’s record ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
“What he [Haaland] did in Norway, Austria, Germany, he started doing it here. He has talent, we knew it and today we saw Julian too. We have two incredible strikers with an incredible sense of scoring goals,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said of the strikers’ exemplary start.

“Sergio [Aguero] is the legend. No one can break the position in the hearts of #ManCity fans, scoring the most important goal in modern history. Erling [Haaland] has the quality of being there. What Sergio has done is incredible. But Erling has that talent,” he added.

Before Haaland joined Manchester City, Alan Shearer said the Norwegian would score 40 goals in the Premier League campaign if he joined Cityzens. With only 5 games left, Haaland is close to completing a quarter of that record.

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