Manuel Akanji believes his Manchester City team-mate Erling Haaland is capable of scoring 50 Premier League goals this season if he avoids any injuries. Haaland has made a staggering start at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 14 times in just eight league matches since arriving in the summer to leave himself seven goals clear of his nearest challenger Harry Kane – in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

The Norwegian forward is yet to miss a game for City this season, and has also found the net on five occasions in three appearances in the Champions League. However, having played alongside Haaland at Borussia Dortmund, Akanji is aware of the fitness issues that have blighted the 22-year-old in the past.

Mohamed Salah currently hold the record for number of goals in a 38-game campaign, having netted 32 in 2017-18. Akanji expects Haaland to ease past this number, should he remain fit. ‘If he stays healthy then I think there is nothing that can stop him, yeah,’ Akanji said when asked if it is possible for Haaland to score 50 league goals this term, as quoted by The Sun.

Thus far, he has stayed injury-free in England, and he is not due to compete at the World Cup later this year after Norway failed to qualify for the tournament. This could leave him fresh heading into the second half of the season, and ready to break a number of goal scoring records in his maiden campaign in the Premier League.

Haaland was troubled by a number of muscle problems in his final season in the Bundesliga which limited him to just 24 appearances in Germany’s top flight. He still managed to score 22 goals in these matches, though, to prove himself as one of the most lethal finishers in Europe.

Haaland has scored three consecutive home league hat-tricks, and may fancy his chances of adding to his goals tally when City host Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

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