Over the years many top-class players have arrived in the Premier League and some of them instantly found their success, while some failed miserably. Currently, Man City’s latest signing of Erling Haaland has managed to elevate the team to new heights. Before joining Man City, Haaland was dominating domestically and in European competitions and had been a prolific scorer for Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. So, his addition to the powerful packed squad Man City led by Pep Guardiola has increased their ruthlessness as a unit to a new level.
However, the fear of him flopping has always been a debatable topic because Haaland was prone to the occasional injury, and his career in the Bundesliga was hampered by frequent absences from the pitch. So there was a chance that he might not have had an easy time adjusting to the physical demands of the Premier League.
Moreover, with pure No. 9s, Pep Guardiola didn’t have the best track record. He is a coach who emphasises tactical fluidity and frequently fields a starting XI full of talented players. On the other hand, Haaland is young and is still quite inexperienced in possession and his link-up game wasn’t upto Guardiola’s standard. The biggest concern was how Erling Haaland would adapt to the Premier League, but he has proven all doubts wrong and established himself quickly in the new league. Read More: Arsenal Fc Transfer News: Pepe returns to Arsenal after Loan, Sacha Boey wanted by the Gunners.
Erling Haaland achieved a lot at Man City in his 1st season
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fantastic Premier League first season. The Premier League champions’ acquisition of Haaland has been a revelation. He scored 36 goals in just 2,779 minutes, shattering the previous record for most goals in a 38-game season. The No. 9 finished the English top flight with four hat-tricks, a mark only surpassed by Alan Shearer (5). The Norwegian forward also outperformed Lionel Messi (28), Samuel Eto’o (30), Sergio Aguero (35) and Thierry Henry (41) to become the fastest player to reach 25 goals under Pep Guardiola in just 20 games. Read More: Axel Disasi’s deal with Manchester United is reportedly almost done.
Haaland outperformed Mohamed Salah (21.7), by a wide margin with the highest Expected Goal return in the Premier League (with 28.7). He consistently found himself in the ideal situation, and the opportunities City gave him were enhanced by his ruthlessness in the penalty area. Haaland led the PL in both expected goals per 90 and expected goals plus expected assists per 90, which were 0.93. His ability to integrate with this City team makes this achievement even more noteworthy. Now, Haaland and his team is a step away from achieving their 1st treble Man City manages to beat Inter Milan in the UCL final.
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