Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, has been chosen as the August Premier League Player of the Month.
The Norwegian international has had a phenomenal start to life at the Etihad after joining the Club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. He scored nine goals in August alone.
The 22-year-old scored twice on his debut for City, which helped them defeat West Ham 2-0 on the first day of the new campaign.
Before scoring back-to-back hat-tricks in Etihad triumphs over Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, he struck again in a 3-3 draw at Newcastle.
Pascal Gross, Gabriel Jesus, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Martin Odegaard, Nick Pope, Rodrigo Moreno, and Wilfried Zaha, were also nominated but couldn’t stop Erling Haaland from winning.
The Norwegian forward said: “I am delighted to win this award for the first time – it was an incredible start of the season for the team and I am grateful to everyone who voted.
“We all wanted to hit the ground running this season, so winning four games out of five was a great start for us in what is the most challenging competition in the world. I am happy to have played my part by scoring goals.
“What’s important is the result and to help the team. Hopefully, I can continue to support the team, make our fans happy with our performances and carry on our strong start to the season.”
Erling Braut Haaland, a striker for Manchester City of the Premier League and the Norwegian national team, was born in Norway on July 21, 2000. He is regarded as one of the world’s top players and is renowned for his athleticism, speed, and finishing.
Haaland played at the senior level for Bryne’s reserve and senior teams after progressing through the youth system. He went to Molde in 2017 and spent two seasons there, playing for their reserve team as well.
Haaland won two league championships and one Austrian Cup before signing with Austrian Bundesliga team Red Bull Salzburg in January 2019. He transferred to German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund in December 2019, where he won the DFB-Pokal in 2020–21.
Throughout his career, Haaland set numerous records and received numerous individual honors. He made history by being the youngest footballer to score in five straight UEFA Champions League games during Salzburg’s 2019–20 season.
The following year, he led all scorers in the Champions League. Haaland was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season in 2021 and was a member of the FIFA FIFPro World11 in 2021. In 2020, he earned the Golden Boy award.
Haaland has competed for Norway at different levels of youth. He set a tournament record by scoring a tournament-high nine goals in a single tournament, earning him the Golden Boot at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Style of play
Haaland, a prolific scorer and one of the best players in the world, with all the qualities of a full-fledged center-forward. His substantial build helps him hold plays up and engage others. He can dribble, create, and finish with both feet and his head because to his quickness and deft movements.
Prior to turning and running toward goal, he frequently comes deep to receive the ball to aid his side establish play. He frequently tries to spread the ball out for a teammate.
He can be aware enough to turn on the ball and make plays from a forward-facing position since he occasionally approaches too deep for the defenders to follow him.
He is very challenging for defenders to read because he makes quick, little movements in the penalty area to identify opportunities for a teammate to try to find him in space. He can also change the line on which he is going and accelerate into that space.
When playing with his back to the goal, he makes good use of his body to guard the ball while attempting to control it. He is useful in giving his team’s defenders some breathing room after a clearance since he can use his muscle to keep possession when under pressure.