Erling Haaland is in line to make his Premier League debut for Manchester City against West Ham this weekend.
West Ham United manager David Moyes is hoping Erling Haaland hasn’t found his groove yet when Manchester City visits the London Stadium on Sunday.
Haaland joined City from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason and made an immediate impact on his debut in preseason, scoring the game-winning goal against Bayern Munich in Green Bay. The 22-year-old made his debut for City in England last weekend against Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Despite playing the full 90 minutes, Haaland failed to score as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won 3-1 at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. Moyes hopes Haaland doesn’t find form against his West Ham team after he missed a simple chance in injury time.
“What Man City have added is a prolific goalscorer, perhaps the most up and coming young striker not just in this country, but in the world,” Moyes said in his pre-match press conference. But he has yet to visit the Premier League.
“Quite often, a lot of the international players take a little time to settle, so I’m hoping that’s the case on Sunday.” This Sunday’s game against West Ham begins at 4:30 p.m.
Ilkay Gundogan agrees with Pep Guardiola about Erling Haaland doubts at Man City
Because football fans are notoriously reactionary, many fans and pundits jumped on the Erling Haaland skepticism bandwagon following his underwhelming performance in the Community Shield last weekend.
Haaland was not terrible in Manchester City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, but he failed to make an impact on a day when City did not play particularly well as a team.
A glaring miss in injury time — when City were already 3-1 down — was the icing on the cake for his detractors, but teammate Ilkay Gundogan believes anyone who doubts the striker’s ability is being foolish. During an online Q&A on his Twitter account, City’s German midfielder was asked if he believes Haaland will have a significant impact on the club this season.
“It’s pointless to question him,” Gundogan replied. “He will win us a lot of games with his determination and desire to score goals.”
That is, without a doubt, the thinking of City and Pep Guardiola, which is why the club paid £51 million to bring him to the Etihad Stadium. While a striker-less City led the Premier League scoring charts with 99 goals last season, Haaland has been brought in to score the half-chances that can make the difference in big games, particularly in the Champions League.