By Noel Whelan

14th Sep, 2022 | 3:52pm

Expert shares 'very scary' Erling Haaland claim after Man City latest

Noel Whelan has insisted Erling Haaland’s goalscoring exploits could reach new heights once his Man City teammates are “fully used” to his game.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, predicted the 22-year-old could have as many as 20 league goals by Christmas – meaning he is set for a record-breaking Premier League haul this term.

Haaland has already notched 12 goals in his opening seven games at Man City – failing to score in just one outing so far this term.

He scored back-to-back hattricks against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace last month.

Haaland joined Man City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer for a reported transfer fee of £51million.

The current goalscoring record for a 38-game Premier League season is Mohamed Salah’s 32-goal haul in the 2017-18 campaign.

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Whelan insisted the Norway international will be a “nightmare for every centre-half”.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “The boy’s an animal – a goalscoring animal.

“When you look at him, he is just the typical, all-round, moulded striker.

“The size of him, the power, the strength, the way he can score with both feet. He will be a nightmare for every centre-half.

“12 goals in seven games – he’s putting a statement out to every club. If you’re not on your game, this kid could score a hattrick week-in, week-out.

“They’ve not even gotten fully used to his game yet. That’s the scary fact.

“They’ve only had a short time together. This team will only get more used to his runs, where he likes the ball.

“He could be knocking on 20-plus league goals before Christmas. That is a very scary fact, but a very true one.”

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