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John Terry claims Erling Haaland could be the 'greatest ever' Premier League player

Ryan Sidle

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John Terry claims Erling Haaland could be the 'greatest ever' Premier League player

John Terry has heaped huge praise on Erling Haaland, in the wake of his destruction of Manchester United's defence, claiming the forward could end up as the greatest player in Premier League history.

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Haaland piled on his third hat-trick of the season, meaning he's already got three match balls from England's top tier in just eight games playing here.

It broke the record of player quickest to the hat-trick of hat-tricks by a full 40 games, after Michael Owen had previously got to the landmark after 48 games.

After just 10 games for Manchester City in all competitions the Norwegian has already scored a ridiculous 17 goals and looks set to smash all sorts of records.

Erling Haaland scores against Manchester United. (Premier League)
Erling Haaland scores against Manchester United. (Premier League)

He's only nine short of the amount of goals Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min scored last season to take top spot in the Golden Boot race.

It looks like he'll also beat Salah's record of 32 goals in a Premier League campaign, and Alan Shearer is already considering the chances of the former Borussia Dortmund breaking his all time record.

Now Terry has joined the list of legends piling praise on the Terminator-esque goalscorer by claiming he could be the best the league has ever seen.

"He could be the greatest ever in the Premier League, couldn't he?" the former Chelsea captain said on beIN Sport.

"You're trying to compare him with somebody, I've never seen a player so young have that desire to score the goals he's scored. He is just relentless."

Haaland was already expected to light things up when he moved to the champions in the summer, but no one could have expected it to go this well.

There was one moment where fans criticised the 22-years-old, following the Community Shield loss to Liverpool, where questions were raised.

Clearly they were extremely premature and, speaking after the game, the former Red Bull Salzburg striker revealed that game had motivated him.

"Confidence is good, it's always been good," he told BBC Sport, "After we played against Liverpool in the Community Shield it was still good after. I think it was good that match happened, that something happened and [I thought] I have to be a bit more ready.

Haaland walks away with the match ball. Image: Alamy
Haaland walks away with the match ball. Image: Alamy

"It could've been more and in the second half [against Manchester United] we should've been tighter, worked a bit harder, because it was a bit sloppy at times. We lost the second half and this is not good so we still have to work.

"It's been good, I felt it a little bit before the game that something special is going to happen and we saw today that some special things happened. It was nice.

"On Friday I felt it in the whole training ground. It's these games I want to play in. These are the best games where there's a bit extra."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/beIN Sport

Topics: Erling Haaland, John Terry, Manchester City, Manchester United, Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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