Erling Haaland won’t be too concerned about emulating his father Alf-Inge as he already looks well on track to eclipse many of his feats, but there’s one he will be hoping to match.

Manchester City’s latest recruit has made plenty of the fact he’s joining his dad’s old side, referring back to photos of himself in a sky blue kit as a child.

Haaland is back in blue – just like all those years ago when his dad played for the team

Haaland is back in blue – just like all those years ago when his dad played for the team

We may well see a similar celebration on the opening day of the season

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We may well see a similar celebration on the opening day of the season

Announced as a £51million signing from Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian looks well set to take the Premier League by storm after registering a whopping 86 goals in 89 games for his former side.

Alf Inge, who played for the Citizens from 2000 to 2003, played much further from the goal than his son, mainly at right-back and in central midfield, but he still managed the odd goal.

In 181 Premier League appearances for Leeds, City and Nottingham Forest, Alf-Inge managed to find the net 18 times, a total which his son may well beat in his debut campaign.

However, on two occasions while playing at Elland Road, Haaland Senior managed his first goal of the season against West Ham, who will be his son’s first opponent in the Premier League.

With the 2022/23 fixtures now revealed, City start their title defence away to the Hammers on August 7 against a team where Alf-Inge enjoyed much success.

In 1997 he broke his duck by heading home in a 3-1 win over the Hammers that also featured goals from Premier League legends Frank Lampard and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, with the latter managing a brace.

Hasselbaink was on top form in both games

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Hasselbaink was on top form in both games

That goal came in gameweek 15, but his other first of the season in 1999, was far later in gameweek 36.

The match was far more memorable though, with Leeds taking a 5-1 win against the nine-man Hammers, who collapsed with two games to play, ultimately finishing fifth in the table, a place behind Leeds.

Alf-Inge was lucky to still be around for his 79th minute goal though after he received a seventh minute elbow from Ian Wright, who barged into Ian Harte nine minutes later for an early red card.

Wright refused to leave the pitch and had to be held back by talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair as he remonstrated with the referee, but the damage was already done.

Could we see another Haaland goal away at West Ham?

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Could we see another Haaland goal away at West Ham?

Wright won’t want to be reminded of the hammering

Wright won’t want to be reminded of the hammering

Hasselbaink was again in fine form as he scored a goal in the first minute, and won a penalty on the hour-mark which saw goalkeeper Shaka Hislop sent off allowing the thrashing to continue.

West Ham were resilient last season under David Moyes, but will have a tough task at the London Stadium to stop Haaland emulating his father, and there’s another area where they are similar.

talkSPORT host Dean Saunders played alongside ‘Alfie’ at Forest, and explained why his professionalism has clearly rubbed off on Erling.

Alf-Inge’s professionalism was key to a solid career

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Alf-Inge’s professionalism was key to a solid career

“I played with his dad at Forest, Alfie, what an athlete,” Saunders said. 

“His dad ran for Norway before he was a footballer, he was just an athlete so you can imagine what he’s instilled in his son. 

“He is an athlete, he’s bigger than Alfie and he gets goals.”

Alan Brazil added: “You watch him this coming season in that City side, you watch City change their game a bit when [Phil] Foden gets the ball wide and whips that ball in, you watch him get on the end of it.”

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