Garth Crooks has lavished praise on to Erling Haaland for his clinical hat-trick for Manchester City against Fulham in their 5-1 victory.

The outspoken pundit named the £51 million (Sky Sports) man in his Premier League Team of the Week for BBC Sport.

Unsurprisingly, Garth Crooks was wowed by the masterful display from Erling Haaland as Manchester City maintained their winning start to the season against Fulham.

Garth Crooks names Erling Haaland in BBC Team of the Week after Manchester City beat Fulham

Branded as ‘amazing’ by Ilkay Gundogan, the Norwegian striker initially set up Julian Alvarez with an inch-perfect assist across the box.

In the second half, Haaland provided a masterclass in finishing, with a lethal strike one-on-one, followed by a decisive penalty and getting on the end of Gomez’ sublime assist with a well-taken finish.

Garth Crooks rightfully named Erling Haaland in his Team of the Week as Manchester City brutalised Fulham on Saturday.

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“You can’t score a hat-trick and not be in my team, especially when every goal is dispatched with such extreme confidence.”

“Last week, Haaland was criticised for missing a penalty against Sheffield United, but made no mistake against an outclassed Fulham. I’m yet to meet a regular penalty taker who hasn’t missed a spot-kick during their professional career. The best players don’t allow such matters to affect them and Haaland is among the very best.”

Running out of words to describe Erling Haaland

Fair play to Garth Crooks for his praise towards the Leeds-born goalscorer as after his hat-trick against Fulham, it is becoming virtually impossible to find the words that can do justice to the Manchester City superstar.

Despite almost having completed club football during his debut season at the Etihad Stadium, Haaland remains relentless in his pursuit for excellence as it looks like he could break his own goalscoring records this campaign.

At just 23 years of age as well, there is simply no ceiling to define this truly generational talent’s potential arc in the game.

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