After a remarkable debut season at the Etihad Stadium, Erling Haaland is on the verge of breaking the single-season Premier League goalscoring record.
In Sunday’s triumph at Fulham, the prolific Norwegian scored his 50th goal overall and 34th goal for the league champions in 2022–23.
Erling Haaland’s second season at Manchester City could surpass his first, as Pep Guardiola has forewarned.
With six games remaining, beginning with Wednesday’s visit from West Ham, the 22-year-old looks certain to set a daunting new standard, tying him with joint competition record-holders Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
But Pep Guardiola thinks he still has some best in him.
Always I’ve said with Erling it will be tough when you look at what he has done – and if he doesn’t score the goals like he’s scoring now people will say, ‘Oh, he’s in a bad situation’ – but his game can improve a lot.
I wouldn’t say in the box but in the game itself, the movements. I think he has that feeling, ‘Is that enough?’, and I think he has the desire to get better as a player.
As long as he has that he can do it.Pep Guardiola said.
When Erling Haaland, who scored 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund before joining Man City last summer, arrived, according to Pep Guardiola, he was determined to set records.
Yes, I think so. I know him a bit and he is so competitive and positive in his mindset.
He has this incredible, positive self-confidence. It’s not arrogance.
It’s self-confidence to say I am going to score and to arrive in his first season and score 50 already and equal the record for two legends in Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.”He said.
With his impressive track record, Erling Haaland may even beat Dixie Dean of Everton’s 63 Premier League goals from 1927–1928, the English record for a player.
It has also been suggested that comparisons be drawn to Lionel Messi, who scored 73 goals for Barcelona in 2011–12, but Pep Guardiola believes that doing so is unjust because Lionel Messi is one of the all-time greats.
No-one can compare with Messi. It will not help Erling.
Messi is the most complete player I have seen in terms of vision, dribbles, passes, competitiveness, in many things that are difficult.
Hopefully Erling can be so close (to) Leo, that will be great for us and him, but I don’t help anyone to compare them with the Argentina player.”He said.
Together with playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is hoping to recover from an injury in time to play against the Hammers, Erling Haaland has formed a strong partnership.
He’s matched the record for the Premier League scoring 34 goals.
I am just trying to help him achieve that and he has been able to do it. I just try to create as many chances as I can and he is ready to pounce in the box. We work really well together and he has been great.”Kevin De Bruyne said.