Manchester City star Erling Haaland refused to disclose what number of Premier League goals he’s hoping to attain this season, following his brace against Leeds. The Norwegian is heading in the right direction to interrupt Alan Shearer’s record goalscoring campaign and has already asserted himself as the most effective within the business for the time being.
Haaland scored a two within the second half at Elland Road on Wednesday night following Rodri’s opener. The previous Borussia Dortmund star tucked home an easy likelihood within the 51st minute after unselfish play from Jack Grealish before steering a neat finish past Illan Meslier just 13 minutes later.
The 2 goals bring Haaland’s tally to twenty for the season after just 14 appearances, meaning that he’s heading in the right direction for a record-breaking 40-goal campaign. The 22-year-old admitted after the match that he was upset to have missed several first-half probabilities, though Shearer can have been secretly pleased provided that his 34-goal record is under threat.
Speaking on Amazon Prime, the Newcastle legend asked Haaland after the match what number of he hoped to attain this season, to which the striker replied: “I got one but I cannot say. You realize this.”
Gabby Logan attempted to prise a response out of Haaland by asking whether the tally began with a 4, though it proved unsuccessful with the No 9 replying: “No comment.”
City could have come away from Leeds feeling pleased with the result, though may not consider that the two-goal winning margin reflected their dominance. Grealish and Haaland missed several key probabilities in the primary half that might have put the sport to bed before the 45-minute mark.
Reflecting on those missed opportunities, Haaland said: “I just said it inside – I could have scored five. It’s the reality, but we win, that’s crucial thing. You see Arsenal at the highest so we’ve to hunt them. That we win, I’m really glad, but as a striker I could have scored more but that’s life, what can I do? I’ll need to practice more.”
Shearer scored 34 goals in his sensational 1994-95 campaign, which put him level with Andy Cole from the season prior. Though the previous Blackburn star has admitted that he wouldn’t mind losing the record to Haaland as a consequence of his character and the way committed he’s to improving. Shearer said: “I really like watching him play, I really like his hunger, I really like his desire, although he’s got two tonight he’s still fascinated with those that he missed.”