The momentum of ‘monster striker’ Elling Hollan (23, Manchester City) is unstoppable. Not only is he the league’s top scorer, but he also aims to score 50 goals in an unprecedented season in the Premier League.
On the 22nd, Haalan started in the English Premier League (EPL) home game against Wolverhampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, and led the team to a 3-0 victory with a hat-trick (3 goals in one game). Hollan scored his first goal with a header inside the penalty box in the 40th minute of the first half. In the 5th minute of the second half, he scored an additional goal with a penalty kick, and 4 minutes later, taking advantage of the opponent’s error, he put a wedge in the game with his left foot.
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25 goals in 19 league games, firmly keeping the top scorer in the EPL. Second-place Harry Kane (30, Tottenham)’s 16 goals is by no means too few, but Hollan is too unique. Haalan has scored more goals than most clubs have ever scored in the league. The 25 goals are more than the total number of goals this season for nine clubs, including Chelsea (22 goals), which is currently 10th in the league, and Aston Villa (23 goals), 11th.
After the EPL was reorganized to the current 38-game system, the player who scored the most goals in a season was Muhammad Salah (Liverpool), who scored 32 goals in the 2017-2018 season. While Man City has played 20 league games this season and has 18 left, Hollan is scoring an average of 1.32 goals in 19 games (missing 1 game due to injury). If the trend is now, Hollan can aim for the most goals as well as 50 league goals.
Halan, a young striker born in 2000, has been writing various records since joining Manchester City. He scored two goals from his league debut in August of last year, quelling the worries and controversies surrounding him, and achieved hat-tricks 3 times in 8 league games, making the first ‘hat-trick in 3 consecutive home games’ in EPL history. Then, in December of last year, with two goals against Leeds United, he reached the 20-goal mark in the shortest EPL game (14 games). It was to shorten his previous record by a whopping 7 games.
On the 22nd, Hollan set another record, the 4th hat-trick in the smallest game ever (19 games). In second place is Ruud van Nistelrooy (retired), who achieved this after 65 games. The British BBC did not hold back their admiration, saying, “Hollan’s record is absurdly fast.” Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr), a world-renowned soccer star, also scored only three hat-tricks during his seven-year career at Manchester United in England. 안전놀이터
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195cm·94kg giant Hollan scores concisely. It just feels clunky. This is because he rushes to the best place to score a goal in the penalty box based on his solid physique. He smells the goal well and has a high goal conversion rate. He also achieved a hat trick on the 22nd with only 4 shots. According to whoscored.com, a website specializing in football statistics, Haalan has scored 25 goals in 74 shots in the league this season. This means that 1 out of 3 shots has resulted in a goal.
“Hollan only thinks about football 24 hours a day,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. He is a stable player who is not stressed whether the results are good or bad,” he praised him. “He is our team’s solver,” he said, “on the contrary, if he doesn’t score a goal, our team will have a problem.” Manchester City have scored 53 goals this season. In other words, Halan was responsible for nearly half of it. In a situation where the score is concentrated on one player, the coach cannot be happy because he has to consider the possibility of bad news such as injury. Man City is in second place (14 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses, 45 points) following leader Arsenal (16 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 50 points), which has played one less game.