Manchester City forward Erling Haaland may have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, but he still needs to brush up on his interview technique.
The Norwegian striker firmly put to bed any question marks over how he would adapt to English football – and Pep Guardiola’s style of play – with a monstrous display against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Haaland opened the scoring in the first half, sprinting in behind the Hammers’ defence and poking the ball past Alphonse Areola to win a penalty.
He then stepped up to convert the spot-kick, firing the ball into the bottom corner with aplomb, before doubling his tally for the day in the second period.
This time, Haaland burst in behind and was picked out by Kevin De Bruyne, with the former Dortmund striker taking his shot early and rolling the ball past Areola for a second time.
The 22-year-old was understandably in high spirits after his brace and got a little carried away in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, with Haaland having to be bleeped out twice as he turned the airwaves blue.
Asked if he felt he should have got a hat-trick, Haaland replied: ‘Yeah I could. If you saw the Gundo [chance] right before I went off, I should have been there. I f***ed up but that’s how it is.’
‘As expected we saw the potential against Bayern [Munich in pre-season] and it was a bit down against Liverpool. It will come with games, it should have been more today.
‘It’s about the connections we do every day in training and practicing so we get better and this will come.
‘There were some good celebrations so I’m happy. Nice that he [Dad – Alfie] saw both goals as it is a big moment for me as a debutant in this competition. Also now it is almost 30 minutes since I scored the last goal so I have to keep going.’
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