Sky Sports pundits Keane and Micah Richards were discussing what number of goals the 22-year-old could rating with the City midfield supplying him, and the previous Manchester United midfielder claimed that with penalties he could reach recent heights after he got his first City goal from 12 yards.
“Very comfortable for City,” Keane said. “Haaland, people doubted whether he could settle within the Premier League quickly, great quality, great run, he’s going to get probabilities. We’ve seen it today people talking 20-odd goals, he’s taking penalties it’ll be 30, 40 goals. He’s going to get probabilities if he stays fit and healthy with the players around him. Good luck to the defenders coming up against him.”
After Keane tipped Haaland to recover from 30 league goals, ex-City defender Richards said that with a powerful supply line behind him the forward will rating loads of goals. “I feel with the creativity behind him, De Bruyne getting the assists today it’s just sensible,” Richards said. “Yes his delay play will improve but that movement in the ultimate third was expectational. He’ll rating 20, 25+ goals on that evidence today.”
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Haaland’s father Alf-Inge was on the London Stadium to observe his son’s debut, and his own playing profession was ended on account of injury attributable to Keane’s tackle on the previous City man in 2001. The Irishman was sent off for a poor challenge, suspended for eight games and fined £200,000.
Richards joked that he had “never seen Roy so nervous” when the printed mentioned that Alf-Inge Haaland was also within the stadium, and told Keane that Haaland senior was waiting for him after the sport.
Keane was stuffed with praise for the previous Borussia Dortmund man. “For the movement, for such a player, he’s 22 you get that whenever you’re more older, more mature but at such a young age it’s football intelligence,” Keane added. “We never thought he’d miss the penalty and the second goal he got.
“That little movement, the darting runs, he’s like [Cristiano] Ronaldo. Doesn’t wish to get too involved but when he’s within the box he comes alive and I feel he’ll be dissatisfied with that probability that he didn’t hit the goal.”
Haaland was told off for swearing during his post-match interview where he claimed he must have scored greater than twice on Sunday. “In the event you saw the Gundo [chance] right before I went off I should’ve been there so it was a bit s*** but that’s the way it is,” Haaland was then interrupted by Sky Sports to apologise for his language. “S*** sorry. Not good language on this country.”