Jamie Carragher tips Haaland to overtake Henry as Premier League’s best-ever player

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By Martin Graham | 3rd Sep 2022

Jamie Carragher has predicted that he can see Erling Haaland surpassing Thierry Henry as one of the Premier League’s best ever players, following his magnificent start to life at Manchester City.

The Norwegian forward has enjoyed a blistering start to life in the Premier League since joining Pep Guardiola’s side from Borussia Dortmund over the summer. Haaland has scored nine goals in his opening five appearances in the competition – highlighted by consecutive hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

That form already sees Haaland leading the early goalscoring charts and it is a question of if anybody can stop him at this rate. Despite being only weeks into his Premier League career, Carragher is already predicting Haaland to go ahead and become one of the all-time greats in the competition.

Carragher males bold claim

Speaking about Manchester City’s summer business for Sky Sports, the former Liverpool defender said: “I’d probably say Man City have had a really good window with the players they brought in. They lost a lot of attacking players but you look at Haaland and Alvarez, who’s starting already to look real quality.

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“Haaland is the one that jumps out at you, he just looks absolutely amazing. I’m doing the game on Saturday at Villa Park, Aston Villa vs Man City. I’m excited to watch any game but to watch him in the flesh and commentate on him for the first time and really get a good look at him off the ball as well. I’m really excited to watch him.

“We know we’ve got a great player in the league but I think we’ve got something really, really special. When he’s finished his time at Man City or in the Premier League, we’ll be putting him alongside Thierry Henry.

“I think this lad could end up being the best player we’ve seen in the Premier League, I really do believe that. I think he’s that special. He’s made a brilliant start and I can’t say long may that continue because that would be a lie but I’m really excited to see him at the weekend.”

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Haaland is on his way to greatness

It is still too early to make a claim as bold as that of Carragher but one thing we can all agree on is the fact that Haaland will score goals and lots of them under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The bookmakers and pundits already have him as favourites to win the Golden Boot and provided he can stay fit, there is no reason to see why that shouldn’t happen.

The Norwegian will now be looking to build on his impressive form when City take on Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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