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Erling Haaland: Man City forward wins back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots

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Of Haaland’s 27 Premier League goals, 25 were scored from inside the penalty area, four were headers and seven came from the penalty spot.

Excluding penalties, Haaland still finished leading scorer in the Premier League with 20 goals – one ahead of Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and City team-mate Phil Foden.

“All the best strikers in the history of the game – outside maybe Andy Cole – have taken penalties,” former Manchester City and England forward Daniel Sturridge told Sky Sports.

“Haaland’s numbers… that’s stuff you do when you’re at school. It’s a goal a game. That’s not what you do in the Premier League in your second season.

“We have to give him the utmost respect and credit for what he has done.”

Seventeen of Haaland’s 27 goals came in the second-half, with 12 between minutes 61 and the final whistle.

Of players to score two or more goals in the Premier League this season, Haaland has averaged a goal every 26 touches he takes, 12 clear of any other player.

Haaland scored 20 Premier League goals with his left foot this season. It is only the third time a player has scored 20 or more left-footed goals in the league in a season. One of the previous two occasions was Haaland last season, who scored 23 on his stronger foot.

The Norwegian has averaged a goal every 85 minutes in his Premier League career to date. That is the joint-highest in Premier League history alongside Richard Walker, who scored two goals in six games for Aston Villa.

He also averaged a goal every 95 minutes in the Premier League this season. Of players with five or more goals this season, only Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran (92 minutes) had a better average.

He scored two Premier League hat-tricks in 2023-24, including four goals against Wolves on 4 May, and ended the season with 41 for club and country – including five against Luton in the FA Cup.

In addition to his goals, Haaland has provided a further five Premier League assists this season while Sturridge believes there is more bad news for City’s title rivals in 2024-25.

“Haaland will only get better,” he said.

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