Erling Haaland | Man City watch

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I wonder why this is? Is Pep just swimming in his own arrogance now? Or is there another, more reasonable explanation?
Seems very strange when West Ham is their first game as well.
 

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I can't see it being a guarantee he will be great in his first season, too many players have looked really great in the bundesliga with impressive stats like mkhitaryan, werner, sancho, havertz, kagawa, haller etc.. and been underwhelming and being a great goalscorer in the Austrian league is nothing special as seen with the current crop of young strikers at salzberg smashing it.

Plus a lot of players struggle to adapt straight away to pep's system and we saw how pep struggled with fitting Ibrahimovic into his system and has always seemed to do better with playing a false 9 then with a out and out striker.
 

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I can't see it being a guarantee he will be great in his first season, too many players have looked really great in the bundesliga with impressive stats like mkhitaryan, werner, sancho, havertz, kagawa, haller etc.. and been underwhelming and being a great goalscorer in the Austrian league is nothing special as seen with the current crop of young strikers at salzberg smashing it.
How many of those players were the fastest to 20 CL goals?
 

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How many of those players were the fastest to 20 CL goals?
What about haller last season in the ucl? Most of these players weren't strikers or had the opportunity to play in the ucl many times before moving to the prem, haaland wasn't the only one that looked impressive with salzberg a few seasons back, you had the 2 Japanese players that looked really good and both have looked average since joining the prem
 

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I wonder why this is? Is Pep just swimming in his own arrogance now? Or is there another, more reasonable explanation?
I imagine a lot of behind doors friendlies?

Also I guess they could make 2 teams with their squad and just play against each other, probably more of a test than other teams they'd play
 

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What about haller last season in the ucl? Most of these players weren't strikers or had the opportunity to play in the ucl many times before moving to the prem, haaland wasn't the only one that looked impressive with salzberg a few seasons back, you had the 2 Japanese players that looked really good and both have looked average since joining the prem
Haller was pretty incredible, considering I didn't think we'd see Haaland's record for CL goal to start a career in the competition broken for a while and Haller broke it the very next season.
 

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It’s early days.. Haaland has just arrived and played <150 minutes. Isn’t much to base assessments on.

Most people considered him to be among top-3 (attacker) in the world before joining City, and I’m surprised if he becomes a worse player after joining City. As of now negative Haaland comments are mostly wishful thinking from rival supporters.
 

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I imagine a lot of behind doors friendlies?

Also I guess they could make 2 teams with their squad and just play against each other, probably more of a test than other teams they'd play
I don't think either of those are a sufficient pre-season but if they achieve their goals then I guess it won't matter.
 

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What about haller last season in the ucl? Most of these players weren't strikers or had the opportunity to play in the ucl many times before moving to the prem, haaland wasn't the only one that looked impressive with salzberg a few seasons back, you had the 2 Japanese players that looked really good and both have looked average since joining the prem
What about Haller? He was 27 last year. Career wise his CL numbers were quite clearly an outlier. His Eredivisie/Bundesliga numbers aren't even that impressive. In Bundesliga he had 24G+13A in 4500 minutes. Haaland had 62G+19A in 5400 minutes. Haaland is playing a completely different ball game.

With Haaland his CL numbers aren't an outlier. He has been averaging a goal a game since he turned 19. For Salzburg, for Dortmund, for Norway. In the leagues and continentally. Doesn’t matter who his teammates are or what the system is, he will find a way to score.

Hwang is Korean, not Japanese. Again, what is their relevance to Haaland? Both players several years older and nowhere near him when it comes to talent and potential. Just because they passed the eye test in that team doesn’t mean they’re on par with him talent wise.

He will bang them in for City. Even in his second pre season start last week, while being rusty and not in sync with his teammates he managed an xG of 1.6 on his own against the best defence he will face all season. Imagine what he will do to poorer defences when he gets up to speed. Creating chance after chance for a player with that kind of movement, instinct and finishing ability is a very dangerous combo.

The only questions regarding Haaland worth asking are: Will he stay fit? His injury record last season was not good. And will his presence make City a better team? They were already winning most of their games before him. Will they keep winning those games while also improving their weaknesses in games they weren’t winning?
 

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Going to stay optimistic that he is going to be a flop for the last few hours before he inevitably bangs in 5.
 

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Press making it a Nunez vs Haaland face off is ridiculous.
Both will be assets to their teams and to hope anything else is just falling for clickbait trash.
 

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Speaks well about the mentality required at the top level. You need to be able to reset after every game and go into the next game with a fresh mindset.
 

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I wonder why this is? Is Pep just swimming in his own arrogance now? Or is there another, more reasonable explanation?
City never play many pre-season friendlies and always come back later than the other teams. It's not about arrogance.
 

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Nunez may seem awkward and clumsy, but he fights for every ball and constantly makes runs. He works hard.

I've watched Haaland against Bayern and Liverpool and he's just too passive & disinterested. It's almost like he's waiting for the ball to magically appear in front of him. In that aspect, he's more similar to Lukaku than Nunez is.

Let's see if he manages to improve.
 

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Imagine thinking he'd flop.
 

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Yep I’ve seen enough. He’s gonna score an absolute shit load. Lock this shit up and throw away the key. This thread is done.

The comparisons with Nunez are looking cringe. Levels between them.
 

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Nunez may seem awkward and clumsy, but he fights for every ball and constantly makes runs. He works hard.

I've watched Haaland against Bayern and Liverpool and he's just too passive & disinterested. It's almost like he's waiting for the ball to magically appear in front of him. In that aspect, he's more similar to Lukaku than Nunez is.

Let's see if he manages to improve.
That aged well.
 

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They’ve got Haaland, we’ve got a want away 37 year old who may or may not be throwing a tantrum from one day to the next.

How depressing.
 

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Once they start timing those passes to match his runs, like the second goal, it’s going to be so difficult to stop him.
 

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So much for hoping he’d flop in the prem. like that was ever going to happen. :lol:

This big streak of piss is going to tear the League a new one. How fun. If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.
 

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Once they start timing those passes to match his runs, like the second goal, it’s going to be so difficult to stop him.
A high line against a team with KDB, Bernardo, Rodri, and Cancelo constantly getting on the ball and Haaland running behind is just suicidal.
 

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Nunez may seem awkward and clumsy, but he fights for every ball and constantly makes runs. He works hard.

I've watched Haaland against Bayern and Liverpool and he's just too passive & disinterested. It's almost like he's waiting for the ball to magically appear in front of him. In that aspect, he's more similar to Lukaku than Nunez is.

Let's see if he manages to improve.
:lol:
 

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Built different. He's a generational talent. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends his career with a couple of Ballon D'ors
 

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Madrid will have a top striker in 2 years when they activate that release clause.

In the meantime, we can watch his goals stop Liverpool winning anything.