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Erling Haaland could become the Premier League's greatest ever player, claims Jamie Carragher

Rory O'Callaghan

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Erling Haaland could become the Premier League's greatest ever player, claims Jamie Carragher

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland could go on to become the Premier League's greatest ever player, according to Jamie Carragher.

Haaland, 22, has made a remarkable start to his career at City, scoring nine goals in his first five games for the Etihad club – setting a new record for Premier League goals in August.

After scoring twice on his competitive debut for the club against West Ham, Haaland provided an assist in the following match against Bournemouth.

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He then scored against Newcastle to take his tally to three goals in three matches before bagging consecutive hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

It is an incredible start in English football for the striker, who only cost City £51m after they triggered a release clause in his previous contract with Borussia Dortmund in June.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Norway international could go on to become the greatest player in Premier League history, surpassing the likes of Thierry Henry.

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"He just looks absolutely amazing," Carragher told Sky Sports News.

"I'm doing the game on Saturday at Villa Park – Aston Villa vs Manchester City. I'm excited to watch any game but to watch him in the flesh and commentate on him for the first time and really get a good look at him off the ball as well, I'm really excited to watch him.

"We know we've got a great player in the league but I think we've got something really, really special.

Haaland has scored nine goals in five goals for City (Image: Alamy)
Haaland has scored nine goals in five goals for City (Image: Alamy)
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"When he's finished his time at Manchester City or in the Premier League, we'll be talking about him alongside Thierry Henry.

"I think this lad could end up being the best player we've seen in the Premier League, I really do believe that. He's that special.

"He's made a brilliant start. I can't say 'long may that continue' because that would just be a lie! But I'm really excited to see him at the weekend."

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Haaland will hope to continue his remarkable goalscoring form when City travel to face Villa away from home on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side are currently second in the Premier League, two points behind early leaders Arsenal, while Villa are second-bottom of the table with just three points from their opening five games.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Sky Sports News

Topics: Manchester City, Football, Premier League, Erling Haaland, Jamie Carragher, Sky Sports

Rory O'Callaghan
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