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Thread shows how good Erling Haaland's vision and scanning was for Man City hat-trick

Ryan Sidle

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Thread shows how good Erling Haaland's vision and scanning was for Man City hat-trick

Erling Haaland's intelligence and vision has been proved in a thread documenting his hat-trick of goals in Manchester City's comeback win against Crystal Palace.

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City looked in trouble on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad, as Palace went 2-0 up and threatened to spring yet another shock on the Premier League champions.

The south London side have twice previously rocked up to Pep Guardiola's gaff and won in recent years and on at the weekend they may have even been 3-0 up, if it wasn't for a controversially disallowed goal.

Guardiola was very happy with Haaland's performance. Image: Alamy
Guardiola was very happy with Haaland's performance. Image: Alamy

Whilst Bernardo Silva's goal kicked started City's comeback, it was Haaland who was the most important man for the team to secure all three points.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker was always likely to be the key difference in those games that City would often dominate without managing to turn into three points, and so it proved here.

A thread by football psychologist Geir Jordet explains how brilliant the 22-year-old's movement and ability to scan the pitch to find the requisite space was.

Jordet is quite the expert on the subject, having been studying it since 1997 and has studied, videoed and analysed over 400 players on their ability to scan.

The fact that Haaland has yet another facet to what we already knew about his many tools as a striker is sure to worry his opponents even more.

Rival managers in the Premier League have already been having phone calls to discuss how on earth they're going to stop the Norwegian.

And they'll also have even more to worry about if Phil Foden is going to be passing to his new teammate more often, after the former Red Bull Salzburg striker revealed he was happy the midfielder 'finally' gave him the ball, for his first goal.

Haaland was in incredible form on Saturday. Image: Alamy
Haaland was in incredible form on Saturday. Image: Alamy

Opposition managers and defenders aren't the only ones worried about Haaland's start to life in England, with even Alan Shearer a bit scared by the forward.

The Newcastle United legend, speaking exclusively to SPORTbible, backed the 22-year-old to potentially break his record as the Premier League's all time top scorer.

He has another 254 goals to go just to equal Shearer and right now Harry Kane is more of a worry for the Match of the Day pundit, but anything is possible.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Twitter

Topics: Premier League, Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Crystal Palace

Ryan Sidle
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