It Took Haaland Just 12 Minutes to Score His First Goal as a Man. City Player

Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland started life at Manchester City on a high note, netting just 12 minutes into his debut match against Bayern Munich.

Erling HaalandErling Haaland opened his City account with a debut game goal against Bayern. (Image: twitter/mancity)

The Norwegian’s much anticipated first game in the Man. City shirt finally came. On Wednesday, Haaland couldn’t play against Club America in City’s first match on American soil after feeling discomfort in his muscles. But he started against Bayern at Lambeau Field, with his goal-scoring skills proven early in the game. After 12 minutes, Haaland finished off a perfect cross in front of goal sent by Grealish, who was found in the box by De Bruyne.

This angle of Haaland’s debut goal for Man City 🤩 pic.twitter.com/EbZSiNfOyl

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 23, 2022

Haaland joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in return of a $62.5 million transfer fee. He is on a $450k weekly wage at the Etihad.

Haaland: ‘The quality is something else’

Talking to the club’s website on Friday, Haaland described the quality he found in City’s training as “something else”. Playing under Pep Guardiola was one of the reasons that convinced him to join City over his other high-profile suitors this summer.

“I’m looking forward to being part of this playing philosophy. It’s going to be nice,” Haaland said.

“It’s some good training sessions. The quality is something else,” he added.

ERLING HAALAND DEBUT GOAL! 🔥

Man City 1-0 Bayern Munich pic.twitter.com/LzZiEfkiLU

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 23, 2022

 

22-year-old Haaland scored 24 goals in 22 games last season in the Bundesliga for Dortmund, also contributing with seven assists. To those numbers, he added three goals in three games in the Champions League, as well as four goals in just two appearances in the German Cup.

City’s fans hope he can replicate that form in the Premier League. The bookies favor Haaland when it comes to scoring next season. He tops the odds charts for the Premier League ‘Golden Boot’ at +260, followed by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at +450 and Tottenham’s Harry Kane at +500.

No Manchester City player has won the Premier League Golden Boot since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club…

Erling Haaland is favourite to win it in 2022/23. 🤖 pic.twitter.com/PB0JUob8Zt

— Squawka (@Squawka) July 23, 2022

He is at -500 to score at least a hat-trick during the season and at -280 to total at least 20 goals at the campaign’s conclusions, suggesting expectations are high even where the bookies are concerned.

Author: Justin Graves