By scoring a second straight hat-trick in the first half of the Premier League Matchday 5 game against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, Norwegian striker Erling Haaland set two new Premier League records.
The 22-year-old became the fastest player to score 2 Premier League hat-tricks when he got there in his 5th appearance in sky blue, while the previous best mark was 21 appearances by Demba Ba.
Above all, he has already brought his total to 9 achievements in his first 5 matches, one more than Sergio Agüero, already in the jersey of City and Mick Quinn with Newcastle.
“It was great, there is nothing more to say”judged the player at the microphone of BT Sports at the end of the match, finally won 6-0 by his team, with a goal from Joao Cancelo and a brace from Julian Alvarez, another summer recruit.
City are 2nd in the standings with 13 points after 5 rounds, 2 lengths behind Arsenal who have won their first 5 matches.
“The idea was to keep doing what we did in the second half against (Crystal) Palace, just play, play, play and we knew we would have chances. That’s exactly what we did and so, yeah, that was fun. »he continued.
Haaland had already scored three goals in 19 minutes in the wild comeback against Crystal Palace who led 2-0 before losing 4-2 on Saturday.
This time, he offered himself a hat-trick by scoring in the 12th, 23rd and 38th minutes to allow his side to lead 3-0 at the break against the promoted.
The goals were certainly not very complicated, Haaland being at the right time to push the ball to the bottom while being each time less than 10 meters from the goals.
But he did exactly what he was recruited for and his statistics, in an English league deemed to be much higher than the Bundesliga where he had shone with Dortmund (62 goals in 67 matches), are already maddening.
“I try to listen to Pep (Guardiola) as much as possible and combine with the guys because they are incredible footballers and without them I wouldn’t be able to score goals”he continued, questioned about his canon debut.
“That’s why I came here. You can see, we’re playing so well, we feel good and we’re going to get even better. So it’s going to be fun. ».
The 54 million pounds (62 million euros) of his release clause paid by City to bring him in at the very start of the summer transfer window looks more and more like an excellent deal.