Erling Haaland would finish the season on 70 Premier League goals if his strike-rate was maintained and he played every minute – but how is the Norwegian achieving his record-breaking returns?
Haaland has smashed home 10 goals from just six Premier League games, and has also been hooked off early in all but one of those to miss 55 minutes – netting back-to-back hat-tricks during wins over Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest at the Etihad.
Those numbers produce a staggering ratio of 1.86 goals per game – more potent than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season to have played in excess of 108 minutes.
The chart below plots goals and expected-goal returns for all Premier League players this season and presents the scale of the striker’s early form – soaring clear in both categories.
Some critics might claim that any established forward would convert bags of goals in Pep Guardiola’s side, based on the sheer quantity of clear-cut chances they create.
However, the Norway international has also nearly doubled his xG returns, netting almost four goals more than the 6.4 expected from chances presented to him – another league-topping ratio.
The shot map below highlights City’s new No 9 has converted six of his haul from poaching opportunities inside the six-yard box, with another four coming from between the six- and 18-yard lines – while all goals were fired from the central third of the opposition box.
In terms of shot placement, Haaland has an almost 100 per cent conversion rate when firing to the left side of the goal – netting five of six shots on target – and scores with around half of his attempts in the centre of the goal and to the right.