Erling Haaland continued to rewrite the Premier League record books as his first-half brace against Leicester City on Saturday took his tally to 32 goals in the competition this season.
With his 13th-minute penalty against the Foxes, Haaland set a new mark for goals in a debut 38-match Premier League season.
Twelve minutes later, Haaland ran on to Kevin De Bruyne’s through-ball to score for a 32nd time, equalling the best tally by any player in a 38-match season, set by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in 2017/18.
Haaland was taken off at half-time by Pep Guardiola ahead of a UEFA Champions League second-leg trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday. It denied him the chance to equal Alan Shearer’s record of five hat-tricks in a Premier League season.
With eight Premier League fixtures still to play, Haaland needs only two more goals to match the overall record of 34 goals in a season, scored across a 42-match campaign by Andrew Cole, in 1993/94, and Shearer, in 1994/95.
It looks like a formality that the Man City star will add the Castrol Golden Boot to his honours this season.
Despite all the records being claimed by Haaland, Shaun Wright-Phillips believes the Norwegian can get even better next season.
"I feel he will score more goals," said the ex-Man City winger. "With that hunger and desire to score more goals and with the players behind him... giving him chances, he can only get better."