Alan Shearer has claimed that Erling Haaland is going to get even better at Manchester City.
The striker got his second Premier League campaign with the Citizens off to a bright start last night as he scored two goals in City’s 3-0 win over Burnley.
Prior to Friday night’s match at Turf Moor, one pundit and former Premier League star shared his thoughts on City’s star striker and what the future could hold for him.
Shearer says Haaland will get better
In a recent column for BBC Sport, Shearer had this to say about Haaland.
He said: “Haaland absolutely smashed his first season in the Premier League and his challenge now is to repeat his incredible numbers.
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“He hit 52 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions in 2022-23 and, playing for City, he will have the chances to score as many, or even more. I have no doubt he will bang them in again, it is just a question of how many he will get.
“Haaland only turned 23 a few weeks ago and at that age, as a striker, you are still learning and developing parts of your game – I certainly was.
“You can see he loves scoring goals – it’s what he lives for – so it is a scary thought for defences that he is going to get even better, especially playing under a manager like [Pep] Guardiola.”
With 36 of his 52 goals last season coming in the Premier League, Haaland broke numerous records, including one that made him the first top-flight player to score 50 goals in a season since 1931.
Given the incredibly high bar that the striker set for himself last season in terms of the number of goals he scored, as Shearer mentioned, it’s safe to say that it’ll be a tough challenge for him to replicate his impressive numbers this time around.
However, with two goals under his belt with one league game played, this is the sort of start he’d have been hoping for, especially with his side picking up all three points and keeping a clean sheet.
Moving forward, if Haaland can focus on scoring as many goals as possible and not get too distracted by breaking records, he’ll definitely give his side a great chance of regaining their titles and proving Shearer right in terms of potentially becoming a better goalscorer.