Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has praised teammate Erling Haaland for helping the team find a “different way to play”. Haaland, who joined City in the summer from Borussia Dortmund for £54 million, has already broken the club’s single-season scoring record with 42 goals in 37 games. The Norwegian striker has been in incredible form ahead of the latest international break, scoring seven goals in his last two games.
Foden, who provided an assist for Haaland’s goal against Burnley in the FA Cup, said it was a “pleasure” to play with the striker. He praised Haaland’s ability to anticipate where the ball will go and be in the right place to finish it. Foden also said that playing with Haaland made his job as an attacking player easier, as he always looks to score goals and is ready in the box.
Some have questioned whether Haaland’s arrival at City has been disruptive to the team, who are currently off the pace in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton. However, Foden believes that City are still adapting to their new striker and that this is a positive thing. He said that Haaland has helped the team find a different way to play, and that they are still getting used to him.
Foden was also asked about the differences between his club and country strikers, Haaland and Harry Kane respectively. He said that both players were “unbelievable” and that he felt lucky to play with them. Foden praised their ability to finish most of their chances in training and said that he enjoyed every moment playing alongside them.
Haaland’s arrival at City was seen as a major coup for the club, as they had been searching for a top-class striker for some time. The Norwegian’s incredible scoring record has already made him a fan favourite at the Etihad Stadium, and he is widely regarded as one of the best young players in world football. City will be hoping that Haaland can help them mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season, as they currently sit in third place, six points behind leaders Liverpool.