Erling Haaland: How the Man City star stormed the Premier League

Erling Haaland: How the Man City star stormed the Premier League

Erling Haaland: How the Man City star stormed the Premier League

Complex as it has become, with its regular coaches and analysis teams and intricate tacticians within every team around the world, football can sometimes be a simple game. For example, if you take one of the best young strikers since the turn of the century and put him on a team that creates goals better than any other, you immediately have unstoppable attacking power.

As young as Erling Haaland is (he only turned 22 in July), he has pretty much all the qualities you would expect from a striker: speed, strength, intelligence and an otherworldly finish. And as powerful as Manchester City (four Premier League titles in five years), it has only missed one thing since Sergio Aguero began to decline after the 2018-19 season: a pure goalscorer to lead the attack. Now, following a summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund, two of the most exciting forces of European club football in recent years have joined forces. Haaland has set the league on fire by scoring nine goals (a recording for most goals in a player’s first five Premier League games) and become the first player to have two hat-tricks by the end of August. The player-club partnership has somehow raised the level of both, creating an attack that seems destined to break records and perhaps shift the balance of power on the European front in City’s favor.

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