By Frank McAvennie

1st Aug, 2022 | 1:39pm

Pundit lambasts Erling Haaland after Man City footage analysed

Frank McAvennie has claimed Erling Haaland is “not worth his price tag” and will take “two or three games” before he hits the ground running at Man City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker explained that Haaland still needs to “get used” to the way City play football.

The Norwegian superstar, 22, joined City this summer for a fee of £54million.

Haaland started for City in the Community Shield against Liverpool.

As shown on ITV Sport (30 July), the striker missed several chances in the match that the Sky Blues lost 3-1.

Speaking to Sky Sports (31 July), Pep Guardiola said he is not worried about the striker’s ability despite his missed chances at the weekend.

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When asked if he thought Haaland’s confidence will have taken a knock, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I wouldn’t think so.

He’s got this big price tag but he looks a confident boy. The price tag, the money that they’ve spent on players is phenomenal.

Nobody is worth that but in today’s market he’s the best. He’s the best striker out there. It might take two or three games for him to hit the ground running.

Man City play a different game to everyone else, they try and walk the ball into the net, which will be different for Haaland. He’s going to miss chances and then when he scores he’ll go on a run of scoring. I think he’s a top striker.

Haaland has to get used to the way Man City plays, he must have known that before he signed. But I’ve not got a problem with him missing chances. He’ll score goals I have no doubt that he will.

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