Another game, another hat trick for Erling Haaland because he does not take the time to adapt to the Premier League with Manchester City. Nottingham Forest didn’t know what hit them as within 38 minutes Haaland had all his goals in a 6-0 run from The Tricky Trees. Haaland now has a hat trick in consecutive games after doing the same against crystal palace during the weekend. Although Forest didn’t expect to get much out of this game, it must be demoralizing for new signings like Renan Lodi and Remo Freuler for it to be their first experience with the team, receiving a rude welcome into the English top flight.
But it wasn’t a solo performance for Haaland, as his new signing Julian Alvarez also scored a brace that day, but the Norwegian sniper needed just 16 touches to secure his round of the hat.
In five Premier League games, Haaland already has nine goals as he looks like the big favorite for the golden boot this season. His nine goals set a new Premier League record in a player’s first five games, beating Sergio Aguero and Mick Quinn’s mark of eight, according to Opta.
Last season, Pep Guardiola looked for a striker to strike fear into the hearts of defenses and it looks like he may have two in Haaland and Alvarez, the latter joining River Plate in his homeland. Argentina. With every contact, Haaland, who joined this summer from Dortmund, seeks to Fire the ball into the back of the net with as much force as possible and the defenders don’t know what to do.
Here is his beautiful second goal of Wednesday:
As selfless as he is selfish, Haaland doesn’t try to shoot beyond his means, knowing that the team around him is good enough to return the ball to him in excellent spaces to score. Surrounded by so much talent, the confidence factor is important as a new signing, and after the side failed to figure out how best to give him the ball in the Community Shield loss to liverpoolthey have understood things now.
Haaland has put 75% of his shots on target and is tied at three with Anthony Gordon and Aleksandar Mitrović for the most shots on target in the league with 12. Although we are still dealing with small sample sizes as Haaland has only played 395 minutes in the Premier League, it is also important to remember that he is only 22 years old. His 5.34 xG is almost two goals more than anyone else in the league, and that’s with five players scoring four or more goals to start the season.
With an appointment with Seville on September 6 to kick off Manchester City’s Champions League campaign, that should be music to Guardiola’s ears. While Haaland’s dominance in the Premier League is good, last season showed that Manchester City don’t need a real striker to win the league. The depth within the team is too important for most players in the league, and even with Arsenal Currently unbeaten and first by two points, Manchester City are expected to overtake the Gunners and end the season with another Premier League title.
Haaland was bought for the European night wins that have eluded Guardiola since joining Manchester in July 2016. More than 350 games later, Guardiola has won all but a Champions League title with City. His last Champions League trophy was more than a decade ago when he was in charge Barcelona, and he needs another with Manchester City to cement his legacy at the English club. Haaland’s performances will be essential at the UCL, so these Premier League games can almost be seen as pre-season for him to get his feet wet.
It’s a ‘pre-season test’ which Haaland passes with flying colors, but even if he wins the golden boot, everything will be judged on these European nights. If City can finally get over the hump, and there’s reason to believe they can now that they have Haaland, they will earn their place among the world’s elite.