Erling Haaland, the Manchester City striker, won the title of top scorer in the English Premier League

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Erling Haaland, the Manchester City striker, won the title of top scorer in the English Premier League for the second season in a row, responding to those who doubted his level as an elite striker, to the point of describing him as a “fourth-level player.”

Haaland topped the list of top scorers in the English Premier League this season, scoring 27 goals, ahead of his closest competitor, Cole Palmer, the Chelsea player, who scored 22 goals.

Despite this, Haaland was subjected to severe attack this season from some analysts and followers, led by Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who commented on his lackluster performance during City’s goalless draw with Arsenal in the Premier League, saying that his playing style resembled “a fourth-tier player.”

Arsenal’s match was not the only unconvincing one for Haaland in the recent period, which raised more doubts about the 23-year-old player, and the extent of his ability to enjoy the hoped-for continuity in providing the best possible performance.

City coach Pep Guardiola did not like Kane’s statements, and he considered that any blame for the draw with Arsenal should be borne by the entire team and said: “I do not agree with him, at all.” He is the best striker in the world and helped us win our titles last season. Erling is exceptional.”

He continued: “The lack of creating opportunities is not due to Erling. “The benefits he has are unbelievable.”

Kane criticizes him again

Kane came back to criticize the Norwegian striker’s performance once again, describing his style of play as a second-class player.

Kane inferred this from the Norwegian’s absence from helping his team in the confrontation against Real Madrid, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The former English star said: “I do not consider Haaland a major deal that Manchester City was able to obtain, and for your information, I praise what he does with his team in the English Premier League competitions, and I think he is a great striker, but his way of playing in general is similar to what any player does in the second division.” “.

Kane explained, “The way Haaland plays and handles the ball, makes him not give his teammates the options he should.” As a striker and scorer, he is the best in the world, but some of his other skills show that he is one of the players in the second division, and this is what everyone saw (meaning that the Norwegian was unable to help Manchester City score goals or assist them against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals) “.

In turn, Arsenal legend Ian Wright considered that “Kane’s criticism was appropriate. It is true that he scores goals, but at the level of collective play, everyone sees that all Manchester City players are capable of playing matches and achieving victories without him.”

The Norwegian was present and absent during the confrontation with Real Madrid, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, before the scenario was repeated in the second leg as well, which City lost and bid farewell to the tournament whose title it holds.

Reasons for Haaland’s decline

The Spanish newspaper “Sport” attributed the reason behind the decline in Haaland’s performance since the start of the current season, to the departure of his German colleague, Ilkay Gundogan, to the ranks of FC Barcelona. The striker relied on him to have many scoring opportunities.

Last summer, Manchester City’s management signed Croatian midfield star Mateo Kovacic as a replacement for Gundogan, but he was very far from what the latter had offered, whose level had declined in Barcelona.

The second reason is the continued injury of many of the team’s stars throughout the season’s competitions, especially those names that Haaland relies on to score goals, led by Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who has been absent from the field for a long time, and the same applies to English winger Jack Grealish.

The injury that the Norwegian star suffered, which kept him out of the field for weeks at the end of last year, also led to a significant decrease in his numbers.

On the other hand, observers believe that the presence of Julian Alvarez alongside Haaland in one squad gives Manchester City greater strength and more solutions against competitors, and also makes the Norwegian striker himself have more comfort on the field.

Alvarez is an important technical asset in Manchester City’s list. The Argentine player can occupy more than one attacking position, such as the outright striker, the dummy striker, the winger, and the playmaker.