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William Gallas Exclusive: Haaland Is Going To Be A Legend

William Gallas claims Erling Haaland’s adaptation to the Premier League since joining Manchester City is the quickest he has ever seen. The Norwegian striker has scored 14 times in just eight league outings, netting three hat-tricks already. And Gallas has been impressed with how seamlessly the 22-year-old has slotted into City’s system - comparing him to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.


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Immediate Impact

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “I think this is the first time we’ve seen someone come into the league and have such a quick impact. 

“I’m not surprised by him [Haaland] though, not at all. When you look at him, you can see he has adapted very well to the way Manchester City play. 

“It hasn’t been the other way around - people said that the team would have to change for him, no. City are City and he has fitted in perfectly. This makes a massive difference and you can see that he is everywhere.

“He reminds me a little bit of Benzema. What I mean with this comparison is that he is the complete player. 

“Strikers are normally a little bit selfish, they just want to score goal after goal after goal, but he is not like this. 

“When he gets the ball he has a full picture of what is happening around him and he can play delicious passes, we saw that for the assist that he gave [Phil] Foden. 

“That boy is going to be a legend in the future. He will be the top scorer in the Premier League and he will be considered the best striker in the world, if he is not already, very soon, that is for sure.”

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Brilliant Derby Display

Gallas was particularly impressed with Haaland’s display in the Manchester derby last time out, in which he scored his third consecutive home hat-trick - a Premier League record - in the 6-3 win.

However, the Frenchman hopes that City will be adequately challenged in their pursuit of yet another league title.

“What a performance from City [against Manchester United],” he said. “It is scary. 

“They look so strong and Halaand, I said at the beginning of the season that he would be the top scorer and again he showed everybody just how good he is. 

“He fights for everything. He has players around him that can find him and he does the rest.

“They look like the complete team. There is no weakness in this City team.

“What we know for certain is that they will be challenging for the title. As a London boy, I still believe that over one or two games anything can happen - it is not a foregone conclusion that City will win the league. Teams can beat them.

“The result undoubtedly sends a strong message to the rest of the league. I hope that the players at Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham are not scared of City. Anything can happen in 90 minutes.”

 

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