Erling Haaland didn’t take long to find his feet in the Premier League.
The Norwegian, who was snapped up by the defending champions from Borussia Dortmund for a whopping €60million in the summer, has scored 10 goals in six appearances after finding the net against Aston Villa on Saturday , including two triplets and a double. The 22-year-old has only failed to find the net once so far, against Bournemouth, and has already broken two Premier League records: most goals scored in August and most small number of matches needed to achieve two hat-tricks in the top division, breaking the previous record set by Demba Ba of 16 matches.
The question is not so much whether Haaland will break all other Premier League goalscoring records, but rather when. As one commentator put it after his second consecutive hat-trick against Forest: “He’ll catch Alan Shearer before Harry Kane.” The former Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle and England striker holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260. Kane, who spent his entire senior club career at Tottenham, is third at 188 in the all-time ranking after Wayne Rooney (208).
Haaland: one goal per game over five seasons
In his first season at Manchester City, Haaland can aim for a number of records. After just under a sixth of the season, Haaland is on course to score 60 goals at his current rate. Although he is unlikely to reach that figure, even for the prolific Norwegian, if he maintains his record of one goal per league appearance set over the past five seasons throughout the 2022-23 campaign , he would finish with 42 goals, comfortably beating the previous Premier League record of 34, held by Shearer (Blackburn, 1994-95) and Andy Cole (Newcastle, 1993-94). It should also be noted that this mark was established during a season of 42 matches. The Premier League era record at 38 games is held by Mo Salah, who scored 32 for Liverpool in 2017-18.
In 83 league appearances over five seasons at Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund, Haaland scored 79 goals. With six and 10 added so far at City, Haaland’s record reads perfectly 89-89, exactly one goal per game.
Everything will depend on Haaland’s ability to stay fit and available for an entire league season, which is always a tall order for any professional athlete. In three seasons at Dortmund, the Norwegian has missed a total of 28 games in all competitions due to various issues, although most of them were relatively minor issues. He has never missed more than seven games, with a muscle tear in 2020 and a hip problem at the start of the 2021-22 season. City manager Pep Guardiola won’t play Haaland in every game either – Julián Álvarez wasn’t brought to the Etihad just to watch the Norwegian smash them – but the fact that he won’t travel to the World Cup this winter works in favor of Haaland.
Other records are in Haaland’s sights: that of Kevin Phillips, who scored 30 goals in his first season at Sunderland in 1999-2000, and that of Jamie Vardy, who scored in 11 consecutive Premier League, for Leicester in 2015. After breaking the previous record for goals scored in August held by Sergio Agüero and Micky Quinn (8), the Norwegian could be looking to regain the record for most goals scored in a month in the Premier League. League to Luis Suárez (10 for Liverpool in December 2013).