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Erling Haaland breaks Premier League goalscoring record

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By Michael Graham

Erling Haaland became the fastest player to reach 20 Premier League goals after netting a brace in Man City’s 3-1 win at Leeds.

The Norwegian was in a really bad mood at Elland Road, scoring just two of his five chances.

However, he did get the goals needed to reach the 20-goal mark in what was only his 14th Premier League appearance.

Before Haalandthe fewest games needed to reach the milestone was Kevin Phillips, who needed just 21 games in the 1999/2000 season for Sunderland.

For context, Harry Kane needed 40 games to score his 20th Premier League goal.

Fewest games to score 20 Premier League goals*

Erling Haaland – 14 Kevin Phillips – 21 Andrew Cole – 23 Ruud van Nistelrooy – 26 Diego Costa – 26 Tony Yeboah -26 Fernando Torres -27 Alan Shearer – 29 Sergio Aguero – 30

(*source – eight)

After the match, City of man boss Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Haaland, although admitted he should have scored more at Elland Road.

“We are delighted with how humble he is,” said Guardiola Amazonia First after the game. “He scored many goals but he could have scored more. He helps us a lot.

“He’s a great guy with his work ethic and professionalism. He’s a big threat to our opponents to have him there.”

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Erling Haaland breaks Premier League goalscoring record .