“That’s Just Nonsense” – Erling Haaland’s ‘Goal Drought’ Claims From Critics Dismantled by 23YO Teammate After Norway’s Massive Win

Published 10/14/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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Erling Haaland has not scored in the last 3 games for Manchester City. Hence, many soccer fans trolled the Norway striker for his poor displays. However, their criticism didn’t last for long as the soccer star scored 2 goals for Norway against Cyprus. However, his compatriot has still made it a point to step in and defend the Cityzens striker over the goal drought accusations from the soccer universe.

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The lethal Norwegian will have to continue with this form to help his national team qualify for the 2024 Euros. They are currently only 2 points behind second-placed Spain. Hence, it is clear for Erling Haaland & Co that the next match against Spain is a do-or-die match.

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Erling Haaland scored a brace as Norway defeated Cyprus 4-0 in the UEFA Euro qualifiers. Social media users have trolled the Manchester City striker for the lack of goals this season. However, his Norway teammate Jørgen Strand Larsen has pointed out that the criticism is not worth even a discussion. He has also pointed out that Erling Haaland not scoring in games is not the biggest concern for Haaland himself and his teammates.

Jørgen Strand Larsen, speaking further on the Norway star striker, said, “Erling scored 10,000 goals last season. He is the best striker in the world in my eyes. I am incredibly proud to be on the same team as him. I don’t want to hear anything more about that target drought”.

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“I don’t think he cares. It’s not a goal drought when you’re talking about three games. When we get up to 10-12 games, there is a goal drought. Sometimes it fits, sometimes it doesn’t. He plays on such a good team that it will come loose. I’m not afraid of that”. as compiled by Dagbladet.

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One has to also realize that Erling Haaland currently remains the top scorer in the Premier League this season. But, many soccer fans feel that the Norway striker should have more goals to his name because of the service he gets. However, it is not as easy to score because Manchester City has also struggled in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.

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Manchester City have struggled to create chances this season in certain matches. They have particularly struggled in providing goal-scoring chances to their star striker, Erling Haaland. The Norwegian has to sometimes help in constructing the attack. This is not ideal as it forces the striker to spend more time out of the box. Most importantly, Erling Haaland is likely missing the midfield service from Kevin De Bruyne.

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The good thing for Manchester City and Erling Haaland is that this is a familiar territory for them. They also experienced such games happening in the last season. However, at such times, a player like Julian Alvarez is scoring goals for fun. This is helping to take off the pressure from Erling Haaland. But the Premier League giants will need their striker to find form in the long run.

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Manchester City will face the likes of Brighton and Manchester United in the Premier League. UEFA Champions League action will also return to the club soccer schedule. Hence, Erling Haaland will have to step in for the team and start scoring goals. Do you think his goals will help Manchester City retain the treble? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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