Erling Haaland makes the whole world jealous! Man City winners & losers as one-of-a-kind striker smashes another record in win over West Ham
Erling Haaland already has a huge list of records and achievements in his first season in English football but perhaps the most striking thing he has done has been to make his predecessors look ordinary.
So many strikers have graced the Premier League stage. And none have taken over with same robot-like efficiency of the Norwegian.
Haaland scored his 35th goal of the season on Wednesday as Manchester City beat West Ham 3-0 to reclaim top spot in the Premier League table from Arsenal. The delicate finish, bookended by an opening header from Nathan Ake and a deflected Phil Foden volley, moved him past Alan Shearer and Andy Cole as the top scorer in the Premier League in a single season.
Cole struck 34 goals in his first top-flight campaign with Newcastle in 1993-94 while Alan Shearer did the same the following year with Blackburn.
But by the standards of Haaland, who has averaged more than a goal per game in his debut season with City and scores every 71 minutes, the two retired strikers are inefficient in front of goal.
Haaland is only 22 and can go down as the best out-and-out striker in the history of the game. And spare a thought for the clubs who failed to spot how good he truly was, both when he was scoring for fun for Borussia Dortmund or when he was tearing up the Norwegian top-flight as a 17-year-old.
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