Thu 29 December 2022 | 10:50

Haaland treated his World Cup absence as motivation for his performance against Leeds United

The Norwegian goal machine has smashed Premier League records once again with his return to action against Leeds United.

Erling Haaland claims that the World Cup absence has “triggered” him to perform even better for the rest of the season after scoring a brace against Leeds United on his Premier League return.

Interestingly enough,


himself was born in Leeds as his father was playing for Leeds United at the time. His brace against his father’s former team, now takes him to 20 goals in his first 14 Premier League games which is seven less games than the last person who held it (Kevin Philips).

The 22-year-old spoke to Amazon Prime Video after City’s 3-1 win against Leeds, revealing his irritation about the fact that so many top forwards in football made an impact in the World Cup for their countries.

When asked how he spent his time during the tournament, he said:

"Being home, being a bit mad that I didn't play the World Cup and was on my sofa. 

"I was kind of a commentator for the World Cup in my own home, where nobody listens to me!

"I recharged my batteries and to watch people score and win games at the World Cup triggered me and motivated me. It irritates me, as I just said. I'm more hungry than ever."

Haaland wasn’t fully happy with his performance even though he scored a brace as he said:

"I just said it inside, I could have scored five, it's the truth. But we won, that's the most important thing.

"We see Arsenal at the top now and we have to hunt them, so for the win, we are really happy.

"For me as a striker, I could have scored a couple more but that's life. What can I do? I have to practice more."

Erling’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for both

Manchester City

and Leeds United during his career, so surpassing his father’s tally of 18 Premier League goals was something special for Erling Haaland specially at Elland Road.

"With my father and my mother over there, it's special. I'm happy today, it's a really special moment in my career,"

Haaland said.

"When I was younger I had a jersey of [former Leeds and Norway midfielder] Eirik Bakke in my room, and also one of my father, so it's really weird. 

"Only in my craziest fantasy could I have thought of scoring at Elland Road for Manchester City against Leeds."



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