Erling Haaland is finally all set to grace the Premier League after Man City won the race for his services earlier this month. The Norwegian forward will be able to play for Pep Guardiola starting next season after the deal is fully confirmed on July 1.
Haaland is going to be a big deal in the Premier League after enjoying a prolific journey at Borussia Dortmund. The young forward is a goal machine who doesn’t need many chances to put the ball into the back of the net.
But Haaland will not have it as easy at Man City as he did in the Bundesliga. The Premier League is a much more challenging competition. The physicality, pace and intensity of games can potentially trouble him. Perfectly adapting to Guardiola’s complex system can also pose roadblocks.
Haaland will have to do something special to win the Premier League Golden Boot or even be among the top scorers next season. If he takes too much time adapting to the new environment, the Premier League has enough quality forwards capable of outscoring the incoming City striker and make him look silly. Here we look at four such players who can outscore him next season.
Mohamed Salah to outscore Haaland
Mohamed Salah has dominated the Premier League scoring charts ever since he joined Liverpool from AS Roma in the 2017/18 season. The Egyptian winger has already won two Golden Boot awards and is on pace to win another this season.
In 192 Premier League appearances, Salah has scored 119 goals. He’s been a machine for Liverpool and tormented every single opponent he’s faced. Salah is more experienced in the Premier League than the incoming Haaland and knows how to score goals regularly.
If he stays at Liverpool (which is extremely likely), Salah is bound to score 25+ goals next season. He is at the peak of his career, perfectly adapted to the Premier League and his team’s system – something which Haaland can’t boast in his debut City season.
Harry Kane as prime Golden Boot contender
Harry Kane is on a mission to become the Premier League’s highest-ever goalscorer and break Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer’s record of 251 league goals. The Tottenham Hotspur captain has scored 182 goals in 281 league games, scoring in double-digits the last eight seasons.
He has 16 goals this season, though it took time to get going after the Man City transfer saga last summer. Kane is excelling in Antonio Conte’s system and is going to get even better next season with more creative players beside him.
Under a manager like Conte in a full league season, Kane can easily score over 25 or even 30 goals. With the Englishman flying high in his personal best years, he should be able to outscore Haaland next season as well.
Jamie Vardy has one last blast
Jamie Vardy has had a truly remarkable career. From playing in England’s fifth division to winning the Premier League with Leicester City, his underdog story is one to remember. But the Englishman isn’t done yet.
Even at 35, Vardy is still going strong. But he knows that there aren’t that many years remaining in his career, and could use his last fuel to help Leicester surprise the Premier League once again. Jamie’s next season could be his final full season in England’s top division, which is why he’ll be obsessed with producing big numbers.
If anything is known, it’s that a hungry Vardy can be a menace to deal with. Vardy has 132 Premier League goals and will look to reach the 150 mark next season. If Leicester are able to avoid injuries and sign a few more creative players, it could hep the 35-year-old become a goal machine again, even outperforming the likes of Haaland.
Son Heung-Min to finally win Golden Boot
Better known as “Sonaldo” among Tottenham fans, Son Heung-Min has gotten better and better in the Premier League over the last few years. The South Korean forward has proven himself to be one of the most clinical players in the league, as well as boasting impressive movement and pace to his game.
Son has scored in double-digits each of the past six seasons and has taken his game to a whole new level this season. The Spurs forward has 21 goals already and is fighting for the Golden Boot, just one goal behind Salah. Son seems to have taken things up a notch in Conte’s system, which allows him to play more like a centre-forward than a winger.
The 29-year-old is at his peak and has realized what it takes to thrive in the Premier League. While Haaland will still need time to get acclimatized to the physicality, intensity and pace of the league, Son has already mastered the ability to thrive in the environment and could easily score 25+ goals next season.