Chelsea legend John Terry said Manchester City star Erling Haaland could become one of the best players to have ever played in the Premier League.
The Norwegian ace struck a hat-trick on Sunday evening in City’s thumping 6-3 win against Manchester United in the Premier League.
It was his third hat-trick in the top-flight from just eight appearances and took his tally to 14 goals, at least seven more than any other player in the division this season.
Terry, a legend himself, heaped praise on Haaland after his latest exploits and felt he could end up as the greatest player in the English top-flight’s history.
Speaking on beIN Sports, Terry said (via Daily Mirror):
“Shout so early – he could be the greatest ever in the Premier League. I’ve never seen a player so young have the desire to score the goals he scores. He’s just relentless.”
Haaland moved to City earlier this summer after signing a £51.2 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund. He has already taken England by storm with his blistering run of form.
He has taken no time to adjust to life in Manchester and has added a new dimension to City’s attacking game, having previously used a false-nine system.
The Norwegian star has a ruthless efficiency in his game. With him leading the line, it could mean more trophy-laden seasons for City.
Haaland broke numerous Premier League records with his latest treble
With another hat-trick, Erling Haaland became the first player in Premier League history to score three consecutive trebles in home games. The Norwegian previously netted thrice each against Bournemouth and Nottingham Forrest.
He also reached three hat-tricks in the English top-flight quicker than any player, needing only eight games to reach the milestone. For context, the next fastest player to reach three hat-tricks is Michael Owen, who needed 48 games.
Furthermore, Haaland became the first City player in 52 years to score a treble in the Manchester derby, and the first in Premier League history. Minutes later, Phil Foden became the second player to do so.
In addition to the three goals, the former Dortmund star also had two assists, making him the youngest player to contribute five goals in a league game. He achieved the record when he was 22 years and 73 days old.
It was also the most number of goal involvements by a player in a single Manchester derby.
Sky’s definitely the limit for Haaland.