Be scared! Be scared!! Era of the De Bruyne/Haaland is at hand
Erling Haaland is set to complete his transfer to Manchester City on 1st July, and could form a strong partnership with Kevin De Bruyne.
The news of Haaland’s impending arrival at the Etihad stadium stadium was greeted with much frenzy, as fans of the blue side of Manchester took to various social media platforms to express their delight. Many are intrigued at the prospect of the prolific Norwegian playing in a squad that creates as much as Manchester city’s players do, and especially the partnership he would forge with a player many deem to be the best passer in the world, in Kevin De Bruyne.
The premier league has seen some great partnerships grace the field, and more recently that of Heung Min Son and Harry Kane who have combined to score a remarkable 41 premier league goals, making them the greatest premier league combo. There is also the duo of Frank Lampard and Drogba who combined for 36 goals and up close are two pair of duos in Sergio Aguero/David Silva and Thierry Henry/ Robert Pires notching 29 combined goals each. It feels as though, the Haaland/De Bruyne partnership as envisaged by many would be blockbuster.
The supreme creative abilities De Bruyne posses and the regularity with which he showcases them makes him a very exciting player to watch, and Having won 4 top assists in the last 7 years in domestic leagues, he is every scorer’s dream creator. Kevin De Bruyne holds the record for the best minute per assist ratio in premier league history, with a combined 31 assists for this and last season in a system of play that often had no striker or a natural born goalscorer.
1 – Of the 415 players with 15+ assists in the Premier League, Kevin De Bruyne has best the minutes per assist ratio in the competition, setting up a goal every 186 minutes:
186 – Kevin De Bruyne
214 – José Antonio Reyes
217 – Leroy Sané
226 – Nani
227 – Dimitri Payet
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2022
Manchester city have made a coup with the capturing of Haaland at a bargain price. A global star and a scoring machine. It is no surprise that they had to compete with most of Europe’s big clubs for his services. The efficacy with which Haaland produces goals is mind-boggling. A staggering 85 goals has been notched by the sensational Norwegian in just 78 starts as he prepares to play his final game for the yellow and black outfits of Dortmund. He boasts the best goal per game ratio in the history of both the German Bundesliga and UEFA champions league, along with over a century of career goals. The Molde academy graduate is a sensation, and at just 21 it is scary to think he still can get even better.
64 – Erling Haaland has the best minutes per goal ratio in UEFA Champions League history, scoring every 64 minutes on average (min. 15 goals):
64 – Erling Haaland
102 – Mario Gomez
102 – Roberto Soldado
104 – Lionel Messi
104 – Harry Kane
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 10, 2022
Manchester City have got their man, and he is what Pep Guardiola’s team has been missing since club legend Sergio Aguero departed last summer. With De Bruyne’s vision and creative genius of service to Haaland’s domineering finish, a new era dawns on the premier league and one that Mancunins can rejoice about.