Haaland has half a Premier League season to spare: He’s going to break all the records

Erling Haaland set foot in the Premier League for the first time on August 7. Since then, the ground stops growing in the areas he sweeps and scoring records are piling up for a No.9 who is rewriting them.

Rcord goles Haaland tras 15 partidos. Comparativa mximos goleadoresInfografa: T. Alhambra

“You don’t have to be a genius to see that if he keeps up this scoring pace he’s going to break all the records. He has incredible ambition,” said a delighted Pep Guardiola, who has scored 21 goals in 15 games on his debut in the English league.

Rcord goles Haaland tras 15 partidos. Progresin temporada 2022-23Infografa: T. Alhambra

His impact has been such in England that in 2022 only Harry Kane (26 goals) exceeds his numbers in the Premier League having played just 15 games.

“He is a kid who enjoys his life and takes soccer very seriously. He loves to score and is obsessed with scoring,” stressed Kevin de Bruyne, his best partner on and off the pitch.

“He has scored close to 200 goals already and will probably reach 600, 700 or 800 in his career if he stays healthy.”

Half of KDB’s 10 assists in the English league have ended up in the Norwegian’s boots and then in the net. He is insatiable.

“He has unbelievable instincts. He knows where the ball is going to end up and he shows up a second before the ball arrives,” said Guardiola who has fueled a perfect storm that is moving the scoring frontiers of the English league.

“He did it in Norway, Austria, Germany and now in England. He smells the goal. We are very fortunate to have him with us.”

The boundaries are disappearing with Erling.

Top scorer in five seasons

Against Chelsea, Manchester City will be looking to close the gap on the leaders – they are eight points behind Arsenal with a game in hand – with the weapon of mass destruction that is Haaland at the forefront.

At Stamford Bridge, the striker will close a first round of the season in which his numbers would make him the top scorer in five seasons in the Premier League era.

He has already scored more goals than the top scorers of 1997-98. 1998-99, 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2010-11.

In addition, he has a shot at the 23 added by Salah and Son last season, Kane in the 2020-21 season and Vardy in 2019-20. In London, he could also match the 22 goals with which Salah, Mane and Aubameyang got their Golden Boot in the Premier League in the 2018-19 campaign.

After 15 games, only Luis Suarez, with 20 goals in 2013-14, came close to records that put him on course to reach 52 goals if he keeps up this infernal pace (1.4 goals per match).

Aiming for Messi’s record

If he does not slow down, he will beat the record of goals in a season in the big five of Leo Messi (50 with Barcelona in LaLiga 2011-12) and in the Premier League to 38 games (32 of Salah (Liverpool) in 2017-18) and 42 (34 of Andy Cole (Newcastle) in 1993-94 and as many of Alan Shearer (Blackburn) in 1994-95).

However, he would fall short of Dixie Dean‘s (Everton) 60 goals in the 1927-28 campaign.

Haaland, who has only failed to score against Bournemouth, Liverpool and Brentford in this season’s Premier League, is a world ahead of the second highest scorer (Kane, 15 goals) and has club numbers.

He has more goals than Wolves (11), Forest (13), Everton (14), West Ham (15), Southampton (15), Crystal Palace (17), Bournemouth (18), Aston Villa (20).

“Erling didn’t come to Manchester to make up the numbers, he came here to win,” Guardiola warned. He has half a Premier League to spare.