Erling Haaland no more “world class” player as per Jamie Carragher

Despite Erling Haaland's prolific goal-scoring record for Manchester City, doubts persist about his overall performance and ability to become a complete player.

Erling Haaland Not More World Class
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Despite scoring an impressive 82 goals in 90 appearances for Manchester City, doubts persist about the 23-year-old striker’s overall performance, leading to discussions about his ability to evolve into a complete player.

Carragher emphasized that to reach the pinnacle of world-class status, Haaland must showcase influence beyond simply scoring goals, similar to Premier League icons Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez, or Harry Kane, who made significant contributions in attack beyond goal-scoring.

In his column for The Telegraph, Carragher labeled Erling Haaland as the epitome of a luxury footballer, acknowledging his prowess as one of the best goal-scorers globally but suggesting that he has yet to attain true world-class status. Carragher highlighted the need for multifaceted skills, citing players like Henry, Suarez, and Kane, who impacted crucial matches regardless of their scoring record. He noted that Haaland, while exceptional in the penalty area, still has work to do in terms of overall play, as evidenced by recent encounters against top-tier defenders where he struggled outside the box.

Carragher suggested that Haaland must adapt his game significantly to compete with players like Kylian Mbappe and enhance his chances of claiming the prestigious Ballon d’Or. He remarked that if Haaland’s focus solely lies on scoring goals, he may not need to alter anything, but serious ambitions of winning the Ballon d’Or and playing for top clubs like Real Madrid would necessitate a broader skill set.

Roy Keane, the Manchester United legend, echoed Carragher’s sentiments, criticizing Haaland’s overall play as reminiscent of a League Two player. The pressure mounts on Haaland to translate his immense talent into consistent performances across all aspects of the game as Manchester City approach crucial fixtures against Luton Town and Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Erling Haaland

Erling Håland



Age: 24

195 cm

87 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 31 7 Missed
Minutes 2559 82.5 Avg
Goals 26 0.8 Avg
Assist 5 0.2 Avg
Attempt 29 0.9 Avg
Passes 372 12.079.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 25 times for 2106 minutes for Premier League.

Erling Haaland scored 18 goals for Manchester City. He procured 5 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in Premier League. In the last match Manchester City drew 3-3 against Real Madrid. The next match in Premier League will be against Luton Town.

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola
Rank 1st
Win 27
Draw 7
Loss 3
Goals 93-33
Diff 60

Manchester City is currently 3rd in the Premier League with 70 points.

In the last 31 games, it has won 21 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Manchester City won 2-4 against Crystal Palace.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 71 goals and conceding 31.​

Manchester City will play the next match in Premier League against Luton Town on Saturday 13th of April in Manchester. The prediction is Manchester City winning the match.​