Kevin De Bruyne believes Erling Haaland made a “very good” decision when he decided to join Manchester City, saying he doesn’t understand anyone who doubted the Norwegian.
Although Haaland endured a quiet game as City lost 1-0 to Liverpool on Sunday – their first defeat of the Premier League season – he got off to a brilliant start to life in England.
Haaland has scored 15 goals in 10 Premier League games since joining City and became the first player in the competition’s history to score hat-tricks in three consecutive home games earlier this month.
De Bruyne has already reached a rapport with Haaland and believes City’s depth of attack has made it easier for the striker to adapt.
“I don’t understand why people say it’s going to be difficult to score goals here,” de Bruyne told City’s website.
“I think we have an amazing team, we create a lot of opportunities for our strikers, so if he is there, he will score goals.
“I think he made a very good decision to come.”
Haaland has scored nine goals in his first five Premier League appearances, the most in the competition’s history, and de Bruyne believes it was vital for the 22-year-old to hit the ground running.
“He has done this before. He is a very good striker,” added De Bruyne. “I am very happy for him that he started the way he started with us, because obviously there was a lot of pressure.
“But he is fine, he is very relaxed and has started well. He scores a lot of goals, so he helps us win matches.”
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