Soccer, Premier League, Erling Haaland hat-trick, British media reaction, goalscoring records, Manchester City

Erling Haaland is already proving that he is worth every penny of his $91 million transfer fee to Premier League giants Manchester City.

Heralded as one of the most exciting young talents in world football, scoring 86 goals in 89 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, expectations were high when Haaland completed an intriguing move to English champions City in June.

But not many people expected Haaland to get off to such a blistering start to his career in sky blue, some thought he would struggle, but the records have already started to fall at the Etihad.

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While he got off to a slow start in the Community Shield against Liverpool, with club big Sergio Aguero sensationally calling up the prime recruit, he hasn’t missed a beat in the Premier League.

Haaland scored his second hat-trick in as many games for the Citizens on Thursday morning (AEST), taking his tally for the season up to nine goals in just five games.

Not only has he had the best goalscoring start for any player in the history of the league, he has broken the record for the fewest games played to score two hat-tricks, with Demba Ba taking 21 games.

UK pundits have praised the 22-year-old after another stellar performance, in which he brought home the match ball.

Ed Mackey’s GOALhe said Haaland was making the Premier League look like a video game.

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“Haaland was once again the name on everyone’s lips in the world of football. He added another trio of goals to the six he had already scored in his debut Premier League season,” Mackey wrote.

Haaland has needed the fewest games in Premier League history to score two hat-tricks. The Manchester City striker took just five games.

“It’s like a FIFA game for Haaland.”

Haaland came out this morning against Nottingham Forest with a hard-fought definition in the 12th minute.

Erling Haaland has been sensational in his five Premier League appearances so far.  (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Erling Haaland has been sensational in his five Premier League appearances so far. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Source: AFP

The towering forward took just 38 minutes to complete his drive, though the distance of the three efforts probably only totaled about 14 yards.

Unsurprisingly, Haaland is the outright leader in the race for the Premier League golden boot, with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic his closest rival with five goals.

“He is a real problem for the league right now. He is difficult to play against and he is the complete striker, he has everything,” Ashley Williams, a former Everton and Wales defender, told the BBC. Game of the day.

“When we look at the goals he has scored this season, he is a proper striker. He just has a knack for scoring goals and I’m excited to see him this season because he will go on and on and score more and more.”

After winning the Golden Boot award in 2020, Haaland is one of 30 nominees to take home the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the best male footballer in the world.

Already shaping up to be a great opportunity to take England’s golden boot, he now has a couple of months to claim the highest individual accolade the sport has to offer.

ESPN’s Rob Dawson has already compared the Leeds-born striker to two of the best players of the current generation, if not of all time.

“If Erling Haaland really is the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he won’t waste time racking up the numbers to prove it,” Dawson wrote.

“We will most likely never see goalscoring achievements like Ronaldo and Messi achieved during their time in Spain, but Haaland’s start to life at Manchester City has raised, if nothing else, the possibility that we might.

“To put his exploits in context, it took Sergio Aguero more than three years and nearly 100 games to score two league hat-tricks for City. Haaland has done it in less than a month, and he only played a full 90 minutes once in that span.

Premier League great Michael Owen believes Haaland will break “all goalscoring records” during his time with City.

“I repeat; this guy is going to break pretty much every goal record out there,” Owen wrote on Twitter.

“He is too big, too fast, clinical in front of goal and he is playing in a team that creates dozens of chances. All he needs to do is stay in shape.”

The next step for the reigning champions is a trip to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, who are in desperate need of a win after this morning’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal.

Gerrard is under pressure, and the Villains are in desperate need of points, currently sitting penultimate in the league ladder.

The result also saw the Gunners extend their perfect start to the season to five games, leaving unbeaten City sitting second with a draw the only problem in their solid start to the season.

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