Erling Haaland isn’t just on his way to breaking EPL scoring records, he’s about to destroy them

The English Premier League season may still only be in its early stages, but Erling Haaland is already on his way to making goalscoring history.

The 22-year-old, who joined Manchester City in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, has scored 17 goals in just 11 matches this season, including two against Brighton in Saturday’s 3-1 win.

Nine of his goals came from his first three consecutive EPL goals at home earlier this season – first against Crystal Palace, then Nottingham Forest and then City’s great rivals Manchester United.

Haaland’s unbelievable start to the 2021-22 season leaves him, astonishingly, just six goals away from equaling last season’s EPL top scorer mark – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, who scored 23. each.

Even more surprising, the Norwegian is more than halfway away from equaling the record of 32 goals in a 38-match EPL season, which was set by Salah in 2017-18. He is also exactly halfway to equaling Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole’s joint record of 34 goals in a 42-game EPL season.

Keep scoring at the pace he does – 1.55 goals per game – and Haaland will equal Salah’s record in Game 21 and break it in Game 22.

He will end the campaign with 59 goals, a season total that would not only be the greatest ever in the EPL, but in all of European football.

Lionel Messi currently holds that record. He reached 50 in Spain’s top flight La Liga for FC Barcelona in 2011-12.

Of course, it seems strange to believe that Haaland can continue to score at the same rate for the remaining 27 games. His form in his former clubs, however, suggests he might.

Haaland started his career in his native country with Bryne before moving to Norwegian club Molde FK at age 16, where he scored 20 goals in 50 matches.

He moved to Austrian side RB Salzburg in January 2019, where in just one year he scored 29 goals, including five hat-tricks and six Champions League goals – a form that prompted Borussia Dortmund to call up before the turn of the year.

For Dortmund, despite struggling with injuries during the last of his two-and-a-half seasons in Germany, Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 appearances.

Haaland also boasts an extremely impressive goalscoring record for his country, having scored 21 goals in 23 matches.

In total per club and national team, he has scored 198 goals in 238 matches, and he still has just 22. To put this in context, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – the two top scorers in football history – managed 60 and 92 goals, respectively, when they completed 22. years old.

Even Shearer is backing Haaland to break his own record.

“My record of 34 goals in a season is under serious threat,” the Englishman, who is the EPL’s career top scorer with 260, said earlier this month. “If he gets in shape, he’s breaking.”

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