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Erling Haaland will not clear up all Manchester Metropolis’s issues

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Pep Guardiola mentioned Erling Haaland will “not clear up all our issues” and claimed he desires to make the 22-year-old a greater participant after the £51 million summer time signing marked his Premier League debut with each targets in Manchester Metropolis’s 2-0 win at West Ham United.

Having failed to attain in his first look in English soccer throughout final week’s 3-1 Group Protect defeat in opposition to Liverpool, Haaland showcased his goalscoring means with a first-half penalty and second-half strike in opposition to David Moyes’ crew.

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However Metropolis supervisor Guardiola mentioned he is not going to make his crew over-reliant on the Norway worldwide, regardless of his goalscoring pedigree.

“All of the crew have been superb, however for Erling to attain the primary two targets is sweet for him and for us,” Guardiola mentioned. “He’s a risk for us now, however he isn’t going to unravel all our issues.

“He’ll add one thing to our crew. But when we simply depend on him, we will probably be making a mistake.

“One week in the past [after the Community Shield], he couldn’t adapt within the Premier League and now he’s alongside Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo, so..

“I am so joyful for him. Two targets, the talk is over. He scored targets in Salzburg, Dortmund, so hope he can do it right here.”

When Guardiola arrived at Metropolis in 2016, he urged striker Sergio Aguero so as to add extra to his recreation and turn into a better crew participant and he mentioned that he additionally desires Haaland to evolve his recreation.

“He got here for 5 years, hopefully he’ll keep for this time, even longer,” Guardiola mentioned. “He may be good for us and the crew, however we are able to push him extra and add one thing extra to his recreation and make him a greater participant, not simply the man who scores targets.

“I do not know him a lot, so we’d like time, however I understand how he dealt with criticism this week and he was actually calm. I do not know but how he reacts to compliments, we are going to see. However I like how he took the penalty, his self-confidence. I believe he’ll punch a teammate within the face in the event that they attempt to take it off him and I like that.”

In a post-match interview, Haaland mentioned it was “a bit s***'” that he was unable to attain a hat trick on his debut earlier than being substituted within the closing phases.

However Guardiola mentioned that response was what he would anticipate from a high participant.

“I used to be lucky to be with [Lionel] Messi,” Guardiola mentioned. “When he scores two, he desires three, when he scores three, he desires 4. All the highest gamers are the identical.

“They’re by no means glad, all the time hungry, ravenous for targets, and need extra, however at identical time, I’ve to make use of different gamers.”

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