It only took the Norwegian phenom 14 games but Erling Haaland has become the quickest player to reach 20 EPL goals.
Haaland netted a brace on Wednesday as Manchester City took down Leeds United 3-1 in their first EPL match since the World Cup/Christmas break concluded.
The Norwegian superstar, who was born in Leeds, made a memorable debut in-front of the Leeds faithful at Elland Road as he potted home two crosses from Jack Grealish to extend the Citizens lead to 3-0 following Rodri’s opener just after halftime.
Kevin Phillips was the previous record holder, scoring 20 in 21 games for Sunderland in 1999-00.
Erling’s father Alfie was also in attendance at Elland Road to watch his son make more EPL history as the former City midfielder was only able to manage 18 EPL goals during his 10 seasons spent with City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
Haaland told the media post match, “For me, as a striker, I could have scored a couple more but that’s life, what can I do? I have to practice more,”, following a missed opportunity to net his third goal late in the game.
“With my father in the (stands) over there, it’s special,” the 22-year-old Haaland said. “I am happy today, it’s a really special moment in my career… It’s my craziest fantasy that I could be at Elland Road and score for Manchester City against Leeds.“
City will return home on New Year’s Eve to take on Everton.