Newcastle United will be coming up against Erling Haaland next season.
That’s because the Norwegian wonderkid is heading to Manchester City. The deal has been confirmed, with just personal terms left to be finalised.
After what Man City did to us at the weekend, it’s terrifying to think what they’ll be like with one of the best strikers in the world leading the line.
Haaland will join Manchester City this summer, and could be the signing that eventually takes them to Champions League glory. It should also cement their dominance at the top of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s side are about to become even more dangerous, and Toon legend Alan Shearer has made a prediction about Haaland.
Alan Shearer expects Erling Haaland to score 40 goals a year
Following Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup last month, Shearer wrote the following for the Athletic: “Put Erling Haaland or Harry Kane in that City team and you’re pretty much guaranteed 40 goals a season. I really think that.”
With Haaland’s move to the Etihad confirmed, the Premier League’s record scorer has reaffirmed his statement.
In a new article for the Athletic, Shearer states that he still expects the 21-year-old to score more goals than anyone has in a Premier League season.
“I stand by what I said about him scoring 40 goals,” writes Shearer.
If Haaland can score 40 goals in a Premier League season, he would break a record held by two former Newcastle strikers.
The highest amount of goals scored in a single Premier League season is 34. Andy Cole did that for the Magpies in 1993/94, and so did Shearer for Blackburn in 1994/95. And that was when the top flight was a 42-game season.
The record in a 38-game season is 32 goals from Mo Salah in 2017/18.
Many will also be tipping Haaland to break Shearer’s all-time Premier League record. He scored 260 Premier League goals.
If Haaland does find the net 40 times a season, it will take him seven seasons in total to become the Premier League’s new record goalscorer.
Manchester City are about to get even better, which is worrying news for Newcastle’s owners, who have ambitions of catching them in the future.