The English Premier League is revealed each year as a complex composition of music, full of interconnected, separate rhythms and melodies that weave together.
Erling Haaland has created a counterpoint to the league’s established rhythms this season by consistently scoring goals while also setting a new standard for all other players to follow.
His two goals on Saturday helped Manchester City defeat Southampton 4-1 and keep the pressure on league-leading Arsenal. His two goals also shattered additional scoring records.
With his second goal, an unbelievable overhead kick from Jack Grealish’s cross, Haaland has now scored 30 goals in the Premier League this season, a milestone he’s accomplished in just 27 games, which is quicker than the league’s average pace. The Norwegian has already tied the Premier League mark of 44 goals in all competitions in a single season. It’s only a matter of time before Haaland breaks that particular record, with up to 16 games still to play, depending on how City performs in the FA Cup and Champions League semifinals.
In terms of the Premier League scoring record, Haaland is only four goals short of the overall mark held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer but established when there were 42 games in a season, in 1993/94 and 1994/95, respectively.
With 32 goals in the 2017–18 season, Mohamed Salah holds the record for most goals scored in a 38-game season.
Haaland migrated from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.