Erling Halland‘s Premier League His career is so short that he was crowned Premier League Player of the Year in his debut season just this week. However, only eight players have scored more hat-tricks in the league. His fifth in the First Division and his seventh Manchester cityjust with Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Ian Wright, Raheem SterlingDimitar Berbatov and Andy Cole.
Arguably, each of them can be called a great in the English Premier League. And both have certainly had much longer careers than Haaland, who now has Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney in his sights. If he is Sergio Aguero’s successor as City striker, he poses a threat to the Argentine’s record 12 hat-tricks.
His last trilogy was a mixture of opportunism and murder. like Fulham The team suffered their usual defeat against Manchester City – making them lose 15 times and taking the aggregate score in their last 10 meetings at the Etihad Stadium to 32-3 – with the most important goal being the most controversial, which was scored by Nathan Ake At the end of the first half.
Then Haaland turned it into a rout. when Julian AlvarezShot bounced Tim Rim Forced down, he fired a shot past Bernd Leno. When Alvarez was bundled into the box Issa DiopHaaland, who hit the post from a penalty kick Sheffield United In the past week, it has turned categorically. when the alternative Sergio Gomez He sprinted into a labyrinthine solo run and delivered a low cross, Haaland volleying into the bottom corner.
It’s already been announced as the player of the match, although it probably has an abundance of hardware producing such accolades. He raised his tally to 38 goals in 28 matches at the Etihad Stadium and 42 goals in 39 Premier League matches. He was also involved in four goals, as Alvarez did in three: in each case, he was not always quite accurate when scoring the other.
It could be said that Haaland was shooting when he caught him Mateo Kovacicline breaking pass; It became an ideal position for Alvarez to score the first goal amid a quick exchange of goals, and Riam equalized two minutes later when Ederson Bared A Raul Jimenez Shot.
Haaland finished the day with direct involvement in goal every 4.25 touches: there were 17 goals in all, but he is a master of efficiency.
Perhaps it was the Norwegian’s constant appetite for goals that kept him on the pitch for the final minutes, even after often tiring out. Rodri And excellent Phil Foden He was substituted, when Juanma Lillo – or perhaps the absent and injured Pep Guardiola, if he was communicating with his assistant – brought on Gomez and even Calvin PhillipsMen rarely trust when the outcome is at stake. Sure enough, victory has already been secured here, along with a return to the top of the table: West HamThose displaced by the city are their next opponents.
Haaland served another purpose. This was his latest, though certainly not the last, eruption of tedious grumbling and even more tedious matters some try to disguise as discussion; analysis, even.
Instead, the fantastic and ironic nature of his goalscoring feats led to his demotion into a subplot. There was no doubt that the turning point came at the end of the first half when Aki scored the goal. However, amid the grim inevitability of the endless complaining about referees and VAR, Fulham simply must regret not being able to mark Ake from a corner kick.
Instead, the Dutchman preferred to sign for £77m Josco Gvardiol, was left in splendid isolation when Foden volleyed home. His header was similarly accurate as well, channeled into the corner. However, Leno could not reach him Manuel AkanjiHe was undeniably sneaky, staying in his line of sight, waving his foot and failing to make contact; The Swiss international had the most touches in the match, 114, however they were all less noticeable than the touch he didn’t take. Referee Michael Oliver awarded the goal, VAR Tony Harrington did not disallow it and Fulham argued.
Admittedly, that was less than when they visited Manchester six months ago, when they had less of an issue, when they showed great opposition to a right decision which led to manager Marco Silva and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic receiving red cards and accusations from the FA. This time they retained a full squad of players and coaches. Silva, who was booked in his first three league matches, avoided a fourth yellow card.
They may have lost focus. If that can be dangerous for anyone, it is especially dangerous for Haaland. The end result makes it hard to argue that the defeat was thanks to the decision. And if his 37-minute hat-trick wasn’t his fastest or most memorable, it certainly wouldn’t be his last hat-trick either.