Fulfilling the prophecy: Manchester City forward Erling Haaland’s incredible season so far

Fulfilling the prophecy: Manchester City forward Erling Haaland’s incredible season so far

Fulfilling the prophecy: Manchester City forward Erling Haaland’s incredible season so far

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland surpassed Mohamed Salah’s record of 32 goals in a 38-game Premier League season with his late goal in a 4-1 win against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Here, Planet Sport takes a detailed look at the Norwegian international’s remarkable campaign.

Premier League

Haaland now has 33 Premier League goals, surpassing the benchmark set by Salah in his debut season at Liverpool in 2017-18. With seven games left, the combined record of 34 – shared by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer in 42-game campaigns at the start of the Premier League era – is sure to decline. He scored in seven consecutive league games from August to October – from his third to ninth appearance in the competition – with hat-tricks against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United helping him score 13 goals in those games and 18 in 10 games. score in all competitions. A fourth hat-trick against Wolves in January left him one behind Shearer’s record five in a season, while he also has five braces – against West Ham, Brighton, Leeds, Southampton and Leicester – and scored in 19 of his 28 appearances .

Champions League

Haaland arrived in Manchester with 23 Champions League goals to his name in 19 appearances for RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund and has more than maintained that form. He scored braces in the group stage against Sevilla and FC Copenhagen, both sides of a goal against Dortmund, and Pep Guardiola could afford to largely rest his star man for the return fixtures save for a run- out goalless in the first half on his old walking ground in Germany. He was quiet in the first leg draw against RB Leipzig but more than made up for it in the second leg, equaling a competition record of five goals in one game as City won 7-0 and 8-1 on aggregate. Goals in both legs against Bayern Munich took him to a dozen for the European season, with an outside chance to threaten Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 17 for Real Madrid in 2013-14.

Domestic Cups

Haaland’s first FA Cup goals came with a hat-trick in a 6–0 quarter-final win over Burnley, after missing the Chelsea clash and failing to score against Arsenal. He was omitted by Liverpool in the Community Shield – as well as both league ties – but scored against them in the Carabao Cup.

Dixie land?

There are a maximum of 11 games remaining for City this season – seven in the league, a Champions League semi-final two-legged and an eventual FA Cup final and final. With Haaland scoring more than one goal at match up to this point, if he maintains his pace throughout the season and plays every game possible, he could score a staggering 63 goals and equal former Everton forward Dixie Dean’s all-time record for one season English in 1927-28. His recent streak, even by his standards, raises the prospect even more. Haaland has scored 16 goals in his last nine games, including games for Leipzig and Burnley and league braces against Southampton and Leicester.

The article Fulfilling the Prophecy – Manchester City forward Erling Haaland’s incredible season so far first appeared on Planetsport.com.

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