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Erling Haaland lays down a chilling marker as he nets a brace on his Premier League debut

In full sunshine and with his father, Alfie – a former Man City player himself – in the stands, he showed why he was football’s hottest property this summer, his raw athleticism and finishing ability already looking scary.

In the first half, Haaland latched on to a through ball that many other players would have failed to reach, touching the ball around the rushing Alphonse Areola before being brought down for a penalty which he has converted.

Then, after the break, he sprinted past a static-looking West Ham defense into the path of a beautifully weighted pass from Kevin de Bruyne before heading home to double the lead.

Haaland was substituted 12 minutes before the end and having missed a chance to get a first hat-trick, he said it was a ‘bit shitty’ that he couldn’t achieve the feat after doing it on his Dortmund debut.
“If you have seen the [Ilkay] Gundogan moment, I should have been there [to connect with Gundogan’s cross]”, he admitted in his post-match press conference.

“It’s about the connections that we make every day in practice and training so we’re getting better and it will come even more so I’m not worried. There have been good celebrations so I I’m happy. It’s good that he [his dad Alfie] saw the two goals because it’s a big moment for me as a rookie in this competition. We must continue.

“Also, now it’s been almost 30 minutes since I scored the last goal, so I have to keep going.”

‘I like it’

Haaland’s arrival in Manchester has come with a lot of fanfare.

The idea of ​​adding one of the most dangerous young weapons in world football – who scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund – to Pep Guardiola’s already deadly attack was tantalizing for City fans and terrifying for 19 other Premier League teams.

But his debut on British soil in the Community Shield loss to Liverpool in late July dampened the excitement as the Norwegian missed two glorious scoring chances.

However, when it comes to Haaland’s competitive debut, he hasn’t missed a beat, terrorizing West Ham defenders from the first minute with his athleticism and attacking us.

After the game, City manager Guardiola hailed Haaland’s ability to recover from the criticism he received last week and show why he is already one of the most feared strikers in the league.

“I know how he handled a lot of criticism this week,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference. “He was really calm, he trained really well, but the way he took the ball for the penalty, I said, ‘I like that.’

“So direct and I think if someone took the ball they would hit it in the face even if it was their mates! And that’s a pretty good sign. Being so confident, I like that.”

Guardiola and Haaland shake hands as the Norwegian is substituted against West Ham.

Guardiola even referenced Lionel Messi’s training and the similarities he sees between the two when it comes to scoring as many goals as possible.

“I was lucky as a manager to be with Messi and when he scored two he wanted three, and when he scored three he wanted four.

“Top scorers are never satisfied, they are always hungry and hungry and want more.”

Even Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals, hinted that Haaland could come for his record, Tweeter: “258 to go!!!!”


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