Erling Haaland will have sent “shudders” across the Premier League with the way in which he earned his first goal for Manchester City, claimed Gary Neville.
Haaland opened his Manchester City account by scoring from the penalty spot in the 36th-minute of their Premier League opener against West Ham United. The new signing had won the penalty himself after drawing a foul from goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
He proceeded to calmly pick out the bottom left corner with a sidefooted finish from 12 yards out.
It means he is up and running in his new surroundings. Many will have expected an early impact from Haaland, but getting off the mark on his competition debut speaks volumes.
Although the odds were in his favour from the penalty, he made his impact clear in the build-up to it anyway, according to Sky Sports‘ co-commentator Neville.
Having already highlighted his “explosion”, “power” and “speed”, Neville narrated: “Sidefoot. Power. It was how he won it that will send shudders through the Premier League.
“The first time Manchester City get close to him to slip that ball down the side.
“We talked about the power he had on the counter attack but that could be a familiar celebration if that’s the one he’s going to adopt throughout the season.”
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Brought in to be the focal point in attack that Pep Guardiola’s star-studded team was lacking, Haaland was observed covering different territory by Neville.
But his impact in behind the opposition backline could be a sign of things to come.
Neville continued: “West Ham’s centre-backs will have seen him drop off into midfield a few times in that first half an hour or so.
“But then he ended up where they didn’t want him, on their shoulder, running in behind with someone like [Ilkay] Gundogan really close to him to slip it down the side.
“The pass from 10 yards away. The acceleration’s incredible.”
Haaland’s goal was his first in English football after drawing a blank in the Community Shield the week before. There could be plenty more to come.