By Football Wonderkids speaking to Alex Barker

11th Oct, 2022 | 2:27pm

Journalist: Erling Haaland must slow down at some point for Manchester City

We’re delighted to welcome freelance journalist Alex Barker, also known as Euro Expert, who has worked for Breaking The Lines, GFFN and more, as our exclusive columnist. Each week he will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Erling Haaland will slow down at some point, but journalist Alex Barker still expects him to smash the Premier League goal record for Manchester City this season.

The Norwegian striker made it 15 league goals in just nine appearances so far this season, taking his season tally to 20 in 12 games since signing for Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The current record stands at 32, set by Mohamed Salah in his debut season with Liverpool in 2017/18, but Barker expects Haaland to smash past that and become the first man to hit 40+ in England’s top flight with the World Cup providing a nice break mid-season.

I’m going to cheat and look at his goals per 90 at the moment,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“He’s currently averaging a goal every 40 minutes. I looked at something last week, where he was averaging 1.9 goals per game which was more than nearly every team in Europe.

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“Not a player, every team in Europe on his own.

“I do think he’ll slow down, I’ve got to hold firm. I was a bit worried owing to his injury record. Even though the World Cup is going to be a nice break for him, he’s got to slow down at some point.

“I will say 42. Yeah. That is slowing down for him at this point.

The 22-year-old has hit three hat-tricks already this season in the Premier League and has scored in each of the club’s three Champions League fixtures so far too.

The only game he didn’t find the net in was in the home clash with Bournemouth, but he’s more than made up for that so far with his performances and looks a sure-fire bet for PFA awards at the end of the season.

In other Manchester City news, Pep Guardiola has spoken on the club’s buyback clause for Romeo Lavia