By Gabriel Agbonlahor

18th Nov, 2022 | 6:31pm

Agbonlahor issues 'bully' Erling Haaland claim after major Man City reveal

Premier League clubs will be able to stop Erling Haaland if he relies on crosses from his Man City teammates, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted Haaland cannot “bully” every defender and must drop deeper to get more involved with play.

Man City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Brentford in their final Premier League game before the World Cup break last week (12 November).

According to sofascore, they registered 29 shots but only six of them were on target compared to eight of Brentford’s 10 efforts.

Pep Guardiola admitted in his post-match press conference that his side found it difficult to break the Bees down due to their low block.

“What disappointed me during that game was there were too many crosses,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

Click below for exclusive transfer news

“If you look at the best teams to play the game, the Barcelona teams, you didn’t see so many crosses like Man City.

“Teams always parked the bus against the top Barcelona teams but they would find a way with their tiki-taka football to get through.

“Man City aren’t doing that, they give it De Bruyne who gets in the box.

“Some defenders are not going to be bullied by Haaland, who I’ve seen bully plenty of people and it’s not nice to play against. But others are quite strong themselves and they’ll know where to position themselves. It looked quite comfortable for Brentford to stop him.

“If De Bruyne is off it a little bit with his distribution, it looks like Haaland will be kept quiet.

“I wanted to see more from him, try to come off and receive the ball and run with it.

“It was a lacklustre performance from Haaland and De Bruyne.”

In other news, “Man City are powerless” as a Haaland “suspension” is mooted after a major reveal.