The Norwegian striker made a flying start to his Premier League career after scoring both his team’s goals against West Ham United. The Hammers had done a decent job of defending against the Sky Blues. However, Haaland proved to be a difference maker against them.
For the first goal, the Norwegian was played through by Ilkay Gundogan and ended up enticing a challenge from goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański. Haaland only had to touch the ball away from the keeper to win the penalty and duly converted it. The Norwegian then scored a brilliant second-half goal on the counter attack after being played through by Kevin De Bruyne.
The way Haaland scored the second goal and his confidence in the post-match interview makes for some scary viewing for rival Premier League clubs. Regardless, Guardiola was asked how the striker was feeling after playing his first two games for the club. The manager had a hilarious response (via City Report):
“I don’t know. I don’t sleep with him.”
Manchester City look stronger with Erling Haaland
There is little doubt that Haaland could prove to be a game-changing signing for Pep Guardiola. Haaland is on course to out-score some truly great players and has more goals than both Messi and Ronaldo did, at his age.
Manchester City have a lot of quality in their squad and a number of midfielders and wingers who can pick out the magic pass. An in-form Haaland running behind the defense with that kind of quality behind him can be impossible to stop.
The likes of De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish can regularly make use of the dominant forward to create opportunities. Of course, City might still end up losing Bernardo Silva to Barcelona. The player is understood to be open to a move, although the Spanish club currently have a number of financial issues to solve.
Regardless, Manchester City and Guardiola will know that they finally have a team that is fully capable of landing a Champions League title as well. The sheer pace, physicality and finishing ability that Haaland brings adds another dimension to their attack.