Erling Haaland towers over Premier League’s all-time top scorer Alan Shearer

Erling Haaland dwarfed Alan Shearer when the two met prior to the Premier League season getting ready to get underway.

Many have tipped the Manchester City star to land the Golden Boot ahead of the likes of Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane after a sensational stint at Borussia Dortmund. Now at the Etihad where chances come thick and fast, the Norwegian could wreak havoc on Premier League defences.

Having scored 86 times in 89 appearances for Dortmund, the 22-year-old could become a legend in this division if he hangs around for long enough. One man who might feel a tad nervous is Shearer, who is currently the highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 260.

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And the two met ahead of the season's curtain-raiser this Friday night when Arsenal face Crystal Palace with the Newcastle legend looking up at Haaland – who looks freakishly tall in comparison. "It was great speaking to @ErlingHaaland for @BBCSport & @TheAthleticUK – No surprise that goals got a mention!" he tweeted.

While the expectations are high for Haaland this season, the striker had a tough start in his professional debut for City in the Community Shield. There were three golden chances that he missed, including one right at the end where he put the ball over the bar from about three yards out.

However, Pep Guardiola is convinced that Haaland has already put it behind him and will be a major success at the Etihad. “It’s football. He was there… He had another goal disallowed [in the game] because the ball was out, so he has this talent and the will do it.

"He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end. Always, he was there. He fought a lot, and made the movements.

"It is good for him to see the reality in a new country and a new league but he was there. He didn’t score. He has incredible quality and he will do it.

“I’m not concerned or worried. I’d have been happy to win and him to score goals but the reality is we have 11 months ahead of us that are so intense – with the World Cup we [will soon] play every three days – and he is going to help us.”


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