Erling Haaland’s Sensational Premier League Debut: Is He Already the Greatest Striker in History?
Erling Haaland continues to amaze everyone with his remarkable performances in his debut season in the English Premier League. In Manchester City’s recent match against Fulham, Haaland scored a penalty in the third minute, contributing to a 2-1 victory for his team. This win propelled City to the top of the league, one point ahead of their closest rival, Arsenal, with one game remaining.
However, the focus of attention will not be on City’s pursuit of their fifth league title in six seasons; instead, it will be on Haaland, and rightfully so. With his goal against Fulham, he reached the incredible milestone of 50 goals in all competitions this season. No other player in Premier League history has achieved this feat. What’s even more astounding is that he accomplished this in just 44 games.
According to the Premier League, only Dixie Dean of Everton has scored more goals in a single top-flight campaign in English football, with 63 goals during the 1927/28 season. Haaland’s 34th league goal in this match equals the records set by Alan Shearer (1994-95) and Andy Cole (1993-94) for the most goals scored in a Premier League season. With six games remaining, it is highly likely that Haaland will surpass these two English strikers in the history books.
Players Who Scored 50+ Goals In One Season For A Top-Flight English Team
- Dixie Dean (63 for Everton in 1927/28)
- Vic Watson (50 for West Ham in 1929/30)
- Tom Waring (50 for Aston Villa in 1930/31)
- Erling Haaland (50* for Man City in 2022/23)
Although the match against Fulham was not entirely smooth sailing for City, as Fulham managed to equalize through Carlos Vinícius in the 15th minute, Julián Álvarez’s goal in the 36th minute ultimately secured the victory for City. This win extended City’s unbeaten run to 18 matches, showcasing their impressive form.
City still has aspirations of achieving the “treble,” as they are in contention to win the league, the FA Cup, and the Champions League under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City go top as Erling Haaland equals yet another record
City have not lost in 18 games since Tottenham beat them on February 5, and with a game still in hand on Arsenal, it would be a surprise to see them slip up now
FULHAM 4-3-3: Leno 8; Tete 6, Tosin 6, Ream 5 (Diop 22), Robinson 7; Reed 6 (Lukic 76), Pereira 7 (Cairney 58), Palhina 6; Wilson 5 (James 76), Vinicius 6, De Cordova Reid 6 (Soloman 76).
MAN CITY 3-2-3-2: Ederson 7; Walker 7, Dias 7, Akanji 7; Stones 7, Rodri 7; Mahrez 7 (Foden 82), Gundongan 8, Grealish 8; Alvarez 8 (B Silva 82), Haaland 8.
Referee: Simon Hooper 7