Erling Braut Haaland has arrived in the Premier League.
A frankly frightening addition to a Manchester City side that has already won four of the last five league titles, Haaland took all of half an hour to silence his doubters against West Ham United on Sunday.
A few wobbly moments during the Community Shield defeat to Liverpool had some fans thinking that Haaland could actually flop in England, but it’s fair to say that those sentiments have been put on ice for now.
Haaland scores on his debut
That’s because the 22-year-old continued his astonishing record of scoring on various debuts by ensuring that his Premier League bow didn’t pass him by without finding the back of the net.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker became just the second Premier League debutant to win a penalty and then score it after Alexandre Pato for Chelsea in 2016 when he broke the deadlock at the London Stadium.
Bursting into the penalty area with his trademark pace and movement, Haaland was brought to ground by Alphonse Areola, duly securing a spot-kick that he dispatched into the bottom corner.
Welcome to the Premier League Erling Haaland! 👏— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 7, 2022
He puts Man City in front at West Ham from the spot 🎯 pic.twitter.com/qofv35u4YI
Haaland arrives in style
However, just in case anybody was nonplussed by the fact that Haaland had broken his duck with a penalty, the Norwegian star gave fans a taste of what’s to come this season with a fabulous second goal.
As many rivals fans had long feared, Haaland was gobbling up Kevin De Bruyne’s expert passes, running onto an outrageous second-half through ball before slipping the past Areola while one-on-one.
Haaland has bagged a brace on his Premier League debut! 2️⃣— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 7, 2022
That ball from De Bruyne though… 🤤 pic.twitter.com/jsYLXj9qgQ
At that point, nobody would have been shocked if Haaland went onto score a hat-trick seeing as he’s a striker so lethal he’s tipped to win the Ballon d’Or one day and well, he did actually score a treble on his Dortmund bow.
But Pep Guardiola rightfully didn’t allow himself to get sucked into that narrative, playing it safe and substituting Haaland to a standing ovation for Julian Alvarez to keep him fit and fresh.
Haaland’s hilarious interview
Inevitably, though, that did lead to Haaland being asked about missing out on a hat-trick as part of a post-match interview with Sky Sports that was arguably just as box office as his performance on the pitch.
That’s because City’s new sensation continued his record of being pure entertainment in front of the microphone by accidentally swearing, then swearing yet again as he apologised for swearing.
Taking the questions from Geoff Shreeves, Haaland seemed to have no idea that he’d dropped a curse word and amusingly repeated the exact same language when he was pulled up about doing so.
If that sounds hilarious in writing, then trust us when we say it’s even better when seen in all its glory, so be sure to check out Haaland producing a post-match interview for the ages down below:
“It’s a bit shit.”— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) August 7, 2022
Petition to make Erling Haaland do post match interviews every week pic.twitter.com/yCyrstlHUQ
Erling Haaland will get the hang of post-match interviews eventually 🤣 pic.twitter.com/JUBU6I2nOG— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 7, 2022
You couldn’t write it. So funny.
Haaland always delivers
Whether it’s giving one-word answers until the reporter is blue in the face or coming up with truly bizarre comments that no one is expecting, Haaland has a truly uncanny ability to make every interview of his worth watching.
And you just know that the media circus surrounding the Premier League will, in turn, lead to plenty more amusing moments when Haaland is put in front of the cameras across he season.
In a world where footballers are media-trained to death and rehearse the same old ‘we go again next week,’ answers ad nauseam, it’s always refreshing to see players like Haaland simply being, well, themselves.
Though, Sky probably wish that didn’t lead to some swearing along the way!