After Erling Haaland became the first player to score the fastest 15 goals in the Premier League on Saturday, let’s take a look at the scoring records he can clear this season.
Erling Haaland scored the fourth goal in Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.
The striker has now scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and has become the first Manchester City player to score in seven consecutive Premier League games since Sergio Aguero in 2019.
Before Erling Haaland came to the Premier League, Andy Cole was the player who had scored 15 goals in the fastest time, where it took him 15 games to achieve it.
Scoring records Haaland could break this season
If he continues at his current pace, the striker could clear the mark of the Premier League’s top scorer in a single season.
The record is currently held by Andy Cole who scored 34 goals, which was also achieved by Alan Shearer the following season, but at that time they played 42 games in the season.
Haaland needs to score 20 goals in the remaining 29 games of the season to clear that mark, while the record for a 38-game Premier League season is Mohamed Salah’s 32 in 2017-18.
Another record he could break is Harry Kane’s winning the golden boot when he scored 29 goals in 30 games in 2016-17. No player has ever win the Premier League golden boot with a record of a goal-per-game or better rate.
Haaland’s current rate of scoring would see him end on 63 league goals.
He might also find it tough to match the record for the top-five European leagues under their current guise – Lionel Messi’s sensational 50 goals in the 2011-12 La Liga.
Erling Haaland has now scored three hat-tricks in the Premier League, while Alan Shearer had the most in one season with five in 1995-96.
Jamie Vardy has the record for scoring in most consecutive Premier League games with 11. Haaland is on seven.
In the Champions League Van Nistelrooy has the record for fewest appearances to 30 goals (34) and 35 goals (42). If Haaland scores another seven goals he would break or equal those marks too.
The record for Champions League goals in a season might be tougher to come by – with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a remarkable 17 goals in 11 games in 2013-14.
However on current form (five goals in three Champions League games) Haaland would break that if City reach the semi-finals and he plays every game.
Credit: BBC Sport