Manchester Metropolis striker Erling Haaland described it as a private ‘fantasy’ to attain at Elland Street, having been born in Leeds and grown up a fan of the membership.
Haaland scored twice within the second half on Wednesday night time as Metropolis gained 3-1 to cut back the hole to Arsenal on the prime of the Premier League desk again to the 5 factors it was earlier than Christmas.
In doing so, the Norwegian reached a milestone twentieth Premier League purpose in solely his 14th look within the competitors. He’s now the quickest participant to get to twenty targets, smashing the earlier document of 21 appearances set by Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips in 2000.
Haaland has a well known affinity with Leeds. His father, Alf Inge Haaland, performed for the membership for 3 years from 1997 till 2000, later becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis himself.
Haaland Jr. was born within the West Yorkshire metropolis in the summertime of 2000, simply earlier than the switch to what was then Maine Street was accomplished. His fatherland even made him eligible to signify England at worldwide degree, though he went on to spend practically all of his childhood in Norway as soon as his father’s taking part in profession got here to an finish in 2003 and the household relocated again house.
However Leeds left an impression on the younger Haaland nonetheless, even idolising former Leeds and Norway midfielder Eirik Bakke, who performed practically 200 video games for the membership between 1999 and 2007.
Haaland was additionally quoted a lot earlier in his profession saying that it’s a dream of his to win the Premier League with Leeds. However whereas which will by no means be a sensible chance, not less than scoring at Elland Street was one thing he at all times needed to do – now, he has finished it.
“My father and mom have been right here. I’m pleased, it’s a particular second in my profession. After I was younger, I had an Eirik Bakke shirt in my room and a jersey of my father,” Haaland stated.
“It’s loopy. It was a fantasy of mine to attain at Elland Street for Metropolis.”
Metropolis are subsequent in motion at house to Everton on New Yr’s Eve, kicking off earlier than Arsenal. A win there would lower the hole on the prime of the desk to simply two factors and enhance the stress on the Gunners earlier than the leaders play a tough sport away at Brighton later that day.
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