Erling Haaland is a “real pleasure” for Phil Foden to play alongside at Manchester City.
The Norwegian forward has been in devastating form in his inaugural campaign in the Premier League, leading the scoring charts with 28 goals in 26 matches.
Haaland’s heroics have not just been limited to the push for the title, in which they trail Arsenal by eight points but hold a game in hand, having entered the international break with eight goals in his last two matches.
In the FA Cup against Burnley, Haaland secured his hat-trick by tucking home a rebound after Foden had struck the post, leaving the England international puzzled by his excellent positioning.
“It’s a pleasure, I don’t know how he does it. The one that I hit off the post, he always seems to be in the right place, expecting things, little ricochets, and things like that,” he told Talksport.
“The way his brain works, he always seems to be in the right place to finish the ball, and to play with a player like that it’s always a massive boost for us because when it’s a tight game and it’s 0-0, there’s not a lot of chances, we’ve been relying on him to get us a goal and it’s a real pleasure to play with him.”
6 – Erling Haaland has scored more hat-tricks in all competitions this season (6) than every other Premier League player combined (5).
6 – Erling Haaland
1 – Mohamed Salah
1 – Ivan Toney
1 – Son Heung-min
1 – Phil Foden
1 – Leandro Trossard
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 18, 2023
Despite Haaland’s stellar record in front of goal, some have queried whether City’s number nine limits the style of play that Pep Guardiola’s side have become accustomed to, but Foden does not see it that way.
“He’s helped us in a way of finding a different way to play,” he explained.
“In previous years we didn’t really have a striker, and now he’s here we’ve adapted a little bit, and we’re even still getting used to him now, so it’s good for the team, and it’s only going to help us in the future.
“It makes my job easier being an attacking player and looking at someone that wants to score goals and is always ready and in the box it makes it a lot easier.”
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