Micah Richards claims Erling Haaland will ’cause MAYHEM’ for Man City this season after blistering brace in debut at West Ham… with Roy Keane convinced striker can SMASH Andy Cole’s record as fastest player to hit 50 Premier League goals
- Micah Richards and Roy Keane waxed lyrical about City striker Erling Haaland
- The striker netted a brace on his Premier League debut against West Ham
- Keane tipped the Norwegian to break Andy Cole’s top-flight goalscoring record
- Former City defender Richards was full of praise for Haaland after his debut
Micah Richards and Roy Keane have heaped praise on Manchester City striker Erling Haaland after the 22-year-old’s stunning Premier League debut – and both believe he can go on to break a host of domestic records in England.
The Norway international netted a brace in the Citizens’ 2-0 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium in their opening game of the Premier League campaign.
The striker fired Pep Guardiola’s side into the lead from the penalty spot in the 36th minute, before doubling City’s advantage with a fine strike after 65 minutes.
Erling Haaland netted a brace on his Premier League debut in Man City’s win over West Ham
Pundits Richards and Keane were full of praise for Haaland following his display and sent a stark warning to Premier League defences.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said: ‘What we knew, people doubted whether he could settle into the Premier league so quickly.
‘Great quality, great run and great movement we seen. He’s gonna get chances, we seen it today. People talking about 20 goals, if he’s got penalties more like 30 or 40.
‘He’s going to get chances with the quality around him. Good luck to defenders up against him.’
Roy Keane tipped the Norwegian striker to break Andy Cole’s Premier League scoring record
While Richards added: ‘You look at the first goal for the penalty it was absolutely brilliant. Watching him live it will cause mayhem this season it really will.’
Haaland has broken a host of goalscoring records during his short career. The striker became the youngest (20y 231d) and fastest (14 games) player to scored 20 Champions League goals.
The striker is also the first player to score 25 goals in his first 25 Bundesliga outings, and Keane thinks it is a sign of things to come – tipping him to break Andy Cole’s momentous Premier League record.
Andy Cole currently holds the record for the fastest player to score 50 Premier League goals
Cole holds the record for the fastest player to score 50 goals, reaching the landmark after just 65 appearances. Yet Keane believes Haaland is capable of breaking his former team-mate’s accolade.
He said: ‘I don’t think Coley took penalties. If he [Haaland] stays fit and healthy, these records he is capable of smashing all of them.
‘It just gives Man City different options in forward positions. West Ham couldn’t get near them. We still look at the options on the bench, Man City look as strong as ever.’
Haaland and his City team-mates host Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium in their next Premier League tie.
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