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No, are you? getting triggered out of nowhere, writing above BS to a random poster you don't know just to kiss Haaland's sorry ass.



Go, take a primary school Maths class to learn to count.
Majority of my posts are about Messi, clown.
OK, this is getting weird. Please stop it.
 

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No, are you? getting triggered out of nowhere, writing above BS to a random poster you don't know just to kiss Haaland's sorry ass.


Go, take a primary school Maths class to learn to count.
Majority of my posts are about Messi, clown.
What is it about Haaland that winds you up so much?

My bad, appears you’ve some sort of love fest with Messi ….try getting a girlfriend instead.
 

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Any half decent ST would score loads in that city team. Haalands general play is rubbish. He does nothing outside the box. He’s just a pure poacher. I much prefer Kanes style
Yeah, I was being sarcastic. Agree, someone like Kane is clearly a more well-rounded forward.
 

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What is it about Haaland that winds you up so much?
Nothing, I was just the first person to have said he was a big time ghost, not a Ballon D'or worthy player, nothing more than an average player when he doesn't score in this thread... as you can see here, many feel the same way as I do.

To me, it's crazy to hype up such a limited player just because of the "number of goals" which became like the de-facto standard in evaluating a player's worth in this social media age which I dislike.... and some people in this thread just don't like to hear when one says he is not that special & seems to take it personal like yourself.
 
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He's Inzaghi with better physicals. He will score a billion goals and not one will be remembered
 

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He's Inzaghi with better physicals. He will score a billion goals and not one will be remembered
That’s a bit much. He’s averaged 1 goal a game essentially since he started playing at senior level, that’s pretty freakish, but he’s still nowhere near the best player in the world, that’s for sure.
 

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So much hyperbole in here. Which is not surprising.

Haaland is quite obviously a brilliant footballer. His record speaks for itself. But he’s not infallible. Like every footballer, he’s more suited to some games than others. Better at some things than others. Today City probably would’ve been better off playing Alvarez. For his movement and technical ability.

They were faced with an opponent who dug in and defended in numbers and incredibly well. City tried to choke the life out of them with relentless possession and probing. Often slow and methodical. That’s not an environment suited to Haaland. There was no space behind, as Arsenal sat so deep, and they clogged up the middle where he plays. City would’ve been better off with a false nine to give them an extra option in possession and make him harder to track for opposing CBs.

So yes, this wasn’t his day. It wasn’t his game. It showed how limited he is in the build up phase of the game. That doesn’t normally hurt him or City too much, but today it did. Why? Because like nearly every other player in the world, he’s not a complete footballer. He’s isn’t brilliant at everything. What he is brilliant at, can be devastatingly effective, but it’s not for every occasion.

He’s not as good as people have often made out, but the idea he’s now shit, is even more ridiculous. He’s just a brilliant striker, who has limitations. There’s still no team in the world that wouldn’t take him.

And this is coming from someone who cannot stand the guy.
 

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Do you have anything to say about below, mr sensitive?
That’s not good from him either but you don’t have to resort to personal insults especially still being a newbie as some mods are strict. Taking from experience:D
 

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Nothing, I was just the first person to have said he was a big time ghost, not a Ballon D'or worthy player, nothing more than an average player when he doesn't score in this thread... as you can see in this thread, many feel the same way.

To me, it's crazy to hype up such a limited player just because of the "number of goals", and some people just don't like to hear when one says he is not that special & seems to take it personal like yourself.
Not that fussed either way just curious as to why you so obviously hate him? Is it because you’re terrified he may challenge your ‘precious’ Messi?

Say what you like, but there’s no denying his goal tally both before and since he joined City.
 

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That’s a bit much. He’s averaged 1 goal a game essentially since he started playing at senior level, that’s pretty freakish, but he’s still nowhere near the best player in the world, that’s for sure.
Nah I highly rate his goalscoring which is a skill in itself. Just not a fan of his style of football.

Imagine how shite he would look with our lack of service though.
 

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Nah I highly rate his goalscoring which is a skill in itself. Just not a fan of his style of football.

Imagine how shite he would look with our lack of service though.
Weirdly enough I think he would still thrive even here, our matches are often very chaotic/end to end, that’s an environment he thrives in, and a player like Bruno despite whatever faults he has is capable of feeding someone with the extreme physical gifts and positional sense of Haaland’s calibre.
 

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Nah I highly rate his goalscoring which is a skill in itself. Just not a fan of his style of football.

Imagine how shite he would look with our lack of service though.
Pretty much saw that today, had 1 good chance.
 

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Yeah, I was being sarcastic. Agree, someone like Kane is clearly a more well-rounded forward.
Fair enough. The way city play though they need an Haaland type rather than a Kane type. 90% of there goals come from cut backs where they need the ST in the middle of the penalty area.
 

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So much hyperbole in here. Which is not surprising.

Haaland is quite obviously a brilliant footballer. His record speaks for itself. But he’s not infallible. Like every footballer, he’s more suited to some games than others.
It is just unfortunate that the games he is suited to are the ones his team would have easily won without him anyway, albeit with a lower scoreline.
 

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It is just unfortunate that the games he is suited to are the ones his team would have easily won without him anyway, albeit with a lower scoreline.
Those are pretty broad strokes you are painting with there. He scored 52 goals in 53 games in a treble winning season. His first at the club. I’m fairly sure he did more than score goals in games they would’ve won anyway.

You are making me feel dirty, in forcing me to defend Haaland. But I have to, in the face of some fairly ridiculous takes in here. As always; the truth is much more nuanced. People so often confuse patterns for absolutes; or worse, use patterns to make absolute statements that fit whatever agenda they are pushing.

I’m just more interested in reality, than I am creating or “proving” a narrative.
 

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Anonymous today and again proving why we won't have any poacher winning the highest accolades anytime soon. Too little impact, you get one chance a game and if you miss even 20% of those you're just disappointing. Haaland is a great player but nowhere near discussion about the top3 worldwide
 

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So much hyperbole in here. Which is not surprising.
Understandable, since he's being compared against strikers who were not only strikers, but world class midfielders, who when faced with deep blocks and excellent defenders, threw multiple step overs, passed through balls to theirselves before scoring thunderbolts from outside the box in every "big game" they played

*definition of big game varies depending on who the conversation is about
 

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Not sure why the discord has shifted to him not deserving the Balon d'Or based on his current season.

Last season he broke the Premier League scoring record, was the top scorer in Europe and won the treble*. He deserved it for that.
 
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Not sure why the discord has shifted to him not deserving the Balon d'Or based on his current season.

Last season he broke the Premier League scoring record, was the top scorer in Europe and won the treble. He deserved it for that.
he wasn't even City's the best player last season (when you were definitely the best team around), so I don't think it makes any sense to go "he deserved to win". As if "deserved" meant anything in football, anyway :lol:
 

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I'm pretty sure this is why he was bought, against teams who park the bus and are difficult to break down, a huge physical player to be the target. He was useless.
 

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Not sure why the discord has shifted to him not deserving the Balon d'Or based on his current season.

Last season he broke the Premier League scoring record, was the top scorer in Europe and won the treble. He deserved it for that.
there’s this thing called golden boot. I believe it’s awarded to the player with most goals.
 

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Not sure why the discord has shifted to him not deserving the Balon d'Or based on his current season.

Last season he broke the Premier League scoring record, was the top scorer in Europe and won the treble. He deserved it for that.
No he didn't. Even if Messi wasn't around he wouldn't deserve it. Ballon D'or isn't golden boot.
 

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Possibly the one where he completely missed the ball
That is not a big chance, which is why he tried to give it to Diaz. Very bad angle, and the goalkeeper is less than 1 meter away. The ball is bouncing as well.
If he shoots it hits the keeper 98/100 times.
 

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So much hyperbole in here. Which is not surprising.

Haaland is quite obviously a brilliant footballer. His record speaks for itself. But he’s not infallible. Like every footballer, he’s more suited to some games than others. Better at some things than others. Today City probably would’ve been better off playing Alvarez. For his movement and technical ability.

They were faced with an opponent who dug in and defended in numbers and incredibly well. City tried to choke the life out of them with relentless possession and probing. Often slow and methodical. That’s not an environment suited to Haaland. There was no space behind, as Arsenal sat so deep, and they clogged up the middle where he plays. City would’ve been better off with a false nine to give them an extra option in possession and make him harder to track for opposing CBs.

So yes, this wasn’t his day. It wasn’t his game. It showed how limited he is in the build up phase of the game. That doesn’t normally hurt him or City too much, but today it did. Why? Because like nearly every other player in the world, he’s not a complete footballer. He’s isn’t brilliant at everything. What he is brilliant at, can be devastatingly effective, but it’s not for every occasion.

He’s not as good as people have often made out, but the idea he’s now shit, is even more ridiculous. He’s just a brilliant striker, who has limitations. There’s still no team in the world that wouldn’t take him.

And this is coming from someone who cannot stand the guy.
This. Last season everyone was falling all over themselves to praise him, now he's a bum? Clearly it's not that black and white. I'm not his biggest fan because I like footballers, not just poachers. But his scoring record is phenomenal, and that's the case for every team he plays for, not just City.

He's still a young player as well, he can improve in the areas where he is weak. I will say though that the 'ghost' thing, whilst harsh, is not completely unwarranted. I feel that even last season, when he was really humming, he kind of vanished towards the business end of the campaign. But as I said, he is young and can still change a lot of these narratives.
 

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So much hyperbole in here. Which is not surprising.

Haaland is quite obviously a brilliant footballer. His record speaks for itself. But he’s not infallible. Like every footballer, he’s more suited to some games than others. Better at some things than others. Today City probably would’ve been better off playing Alvarez. For his movement and technical ability.

They were faced with an opponent who dug in and defended in numbers and incredibly well. City tried to choke the life out of them with relentless possession and probing. Often slow and methodical. That’s not an environment suited to Haaland. There was no space behind, as Arsenal sat so deep, and they clogged up the middle where he plays. City would’ve been better off with a false nine to give them an extra option in possession and make him harder to track for opposing CBs.

So yes, this wasn’t his day. It wasn’t his game. It showed how limited he is in the build up phase of the game. That doesn’t normally hurt him or City too much, but today it did. Why? Because like nearly every other player in the world, he’s not a complete footballer. He’s isn’t brilliant at everything. What he is brilliant at, can be devastatingly effective, but it’s not for every occasion.

He’s not as good as people have often made out, but the idea he’s now shit, is even more ridiculous. He’s just a brilliant striker, who has limitations. There’s still no team in the world that wouldn’t take him.

And this is coming from someone who cannot stand the guy.
This a good post. I think part of today's anonymous performance is that Arteta actually had a good plan to neutralize him and the players executed it very well (not something I've said much about Arsenal in the last 20 years). Part of it is that he seems like a player that should excel in a match like today but the plan of choking out his service and constantly challenging him physically paid off well. Like @Fortitude alluded to with his comparison with van Basten, you'd need someone with that skill set to overcome a defensive set up performed and Haaland lacks that type of game that van Basten had.

Like you said, he is a brilliant striker, overrated by some and underrated by others and today just showed how a well executed plan can neutralize him, although the flip side to that good defensive plan is that Arsenal didn't look great offensively either.
 

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There was a moment yesterday where he had the ball on the edge of our box with some space at hand (because we were refusing to clear our lines for the 100th time), and I remember thinking "if that's Drogba/Costa/Aguero they bury this", and Haaland just sort of turned away and passed sideways. Not representative of him as a player overall but I think over the course of 90 minutes against Arsenal, there should be some activity that justifies your presence on the pitch.
 

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He's a brilliant number 9 but an average footballer.
And that's fine, not everyone has to be able to play 7 different positions, or score a goal only peak Maradona could score every weekend.
He's not on Mbappe's level but he'll score as many goals as him throughout his career. And probably win as many trophies. So fair play to him.
 

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He's a brilliant number 9 but an average footballer.
And that's fine, not everyone has to be able to play 7 different positions, or score a goal only peak Maradona could score every weekend.
He's not on Mbappe's level but he'll score as many goals as him throughout his career. And probably win as many trophies. So fair play to him.
He's one major injury (hope he doesn't) away from becoming Andy Carroll at his finest.
 

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Ridiculed when I said I thought he would make City worse by their reliance on him. He's a top goalscorer but is a horrible footballer.

Think he'll be sold in a year or two.
 

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Wouldn’t mind this ghost at Utd and doubt too many would be arguing otherwise if in some parallel universe we managed to sign him from citeh
 

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I'll personally take a Toney who will score 10-15 fewer goals but contribute more to overall team play than a Haaland, good a player as the later is. That city team today was looking a player who could hold it and bring other into play, one that could take a turn to open the game up, and one that would drift wide into the channel so Arsenal had something else to worry about, essentially a balloon D'or Benzema. Not once in that game did Haaland offer that.

Today was him doing his best impression of a lumbering oaf in the box. But for his hair color you wouldn't have been mistaken thinking it was Andy Carroll up there today, or worse, Rickie Lambert.
If they give you ten goals less but offer 8 assists more then it's not much of an issue. Likewise goals can attributed more value depending on when they're scored.

So like, if a player scores 30 goals in a season like say Luis Suarez who scored 35% of those 30 goals across three games, or Berbatov who scored 20 odd goals but 40% came in two games, that doesn't really benefit the team as much. It masks a lot of games without goals.

So I always look at how many of those goals are winners, taking the lead or open the scoring when appraising a striker.

If your striker bangs in a brace when you're 3-0 up, I'd assign those goals "less value" than if he'd scored the first 2. Especially when understanding the value and how much those goals are worth.
 

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Wouldn’t mind this ghost at Utd and doubt too many would be arguing otherwise if in some parallel universe we managed to sign him from citeh
Nah, we'd be moaning like when we had the literal greatest goalscorer of all time playing for us 18 months ago.

He wouldn't work or press and we'd spam aimless crosses at him.
 

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If they give you ten goals less but offer 8 assists more then it's not much of an issue. Likewise goals can attributed more value depending on when they're scored.

So like, if a player scores 30 goals in a season like say Luis Suarez who scored 35% of those 30 goals across three games, or Berbatov who scored 20 odd goals but 40% came in two games, that doesn't really benefit the team as much. It masks a lot of games without goals.

So I always look at how many of those goals are winners, taking the lead or open the scoring when appraising a striker.

If your striker bangs in a brace when you're 3-0 up, I'd assign those goals "less value" than if he'd scored the first 2. Especially when understanding the value and how much those goals are worth.
Looking at his goals scored this season, Haaland hasn't actually been doing a lot of stat padding. The only real example is him getting five goals vs. Luton in the cup, but even there they needed three to win it, so almost all the goals were meaningful.

It was worse last year where he got 5 goals in a 7-0 win, twice got 3 in a 6-0 win, etc.

When it comes to his transfer, it seemed like there was more going on that doing the very best for the tactical set-up of the team. I'm sure it was also partially about Man City wanting to show, that they could get the hottest prospect on the market and really be one of the big boys.
 

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Looking at his goals scored this season, Haaland hasn't actually been doing a lot of stat padding. The only real example is him getting five goals vs. Luton in the cup, but even there they needed three to win it, so almost all the goals were meaningful.

It was worse last year where he got 5 goals in a 7-0 win, twice got 3 in a 6-0 win, etc.

When it comes to his transfer, it seemed like there was more going on that doing the very best for the tactical set-up of the team. I'm sure it was also partially about Man City wanting to show, that they could get the hottest prospect on the market and really be one of the big boys.
Wasn't pointed at Halaand per se but just that "oh he scored 36 last year" if he'd banged in half of those across three games, it's less impressive.

It's why Dimi's season isn't rated as highly because he got nearly half of his goals in 2 games.
 

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Wasn't pointed at Halaand per se but just that "oh he scored 36 last year" if he'd banged in half of those across three games, it's less impressive.

It's why Dimi's season isn't rated as highly because he got nearly half of his goals in 2 games.
Yeah, I agree with the general principle of course. The Berbatov season is a great example of that. 8 out of 20 league goals were largely meaningless, and he didn't manage to score in Europe or the FA Cup either.