Erling Haaland is exactly the kind of striker Manchester City are looking for and suggestions that the Norwegian only scores “easy” goals are “a lie” according to teammate Ederson.
Haaland has scored 32 goals in 31 matches for City in all competitions since his move from Borussia Dortmund last year – more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
He has scored 26 of those goals in the Premier League, but with City struggling to beat Arsenal and Manchester United in the title race, the 22-year-old has recently come under fire.
Arsenal great Thierry Henry suggested Tottenham’s Harry Kane might be a better fit for City, and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said Haaland “could have picked the wrong club”.
However, Ederson believes Haaland fits City’s style well, although he acknowledges that Pep Guardiola’s men have had to adapt to his characteristics.
“When he arrived, we said that he was going to score a lot – and it happened. He is a brilliant goalscorer, always looking to score and help the team,” Ederson told UEFA.com.
“He is exactly the striker we needed because compared to Gabriel [Jesus]are different players. Gaby likes to flank, he is stronger and more versatile. Haaland plays more centrally, aiming to get into the box, he is the target in the box.
“That was the main difference. When you get into the last third, you have someone who will always be there.
“Many people say that most of the goals he scores are easy, but this is a lie. This positioning is his best ability. He doesn’t score easy goals, he positions himself very well.
“I hope he continues to score a lot of goals, making us happy and we continue to work together for all the titles.”
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City return to the Champions League when they visit RB Leipzig on Wednesday for the first leg of their round of 16. Haaland scored 28 goals in 23 matches throughout his career. first European crown.
Ederson has no doubt about the importance of continental success for City, saying: “That’s our main goal, the club’s main goal.
“We tried [to win it] and will keep trying. We haven’t won yet, we’ve reached the final [in 2021]and several semi-finals and we didn’t come out of it with a good result.
“But I think this year we are more than capable of reaching the final and fighting for the title.
“Now this title is what the club needs, it’s what we as athletes need and it’s what Guardiola needs here at the club. Let’s try this year. We follow him.
Haaland scored six goals in four matches against Leipzig during his time at Dortmund, averaging a goal every 60 minutes.