Shocking Stats: Erling Haaland’s Surprising Wastefulness in Premier League Finishing


Erling Haaland, despite leading the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, displayed a notable flaw in his game with a horror miss during Manchester City’s win over Manchester United, highlighting an aspect that may have been overlooked.

The prolific Norway international undoubtedly benefits from playing in a Manchester City side that creates numerous chances for him, leading to many goals.

However, it’s also apparent that he takes a significant number of shots that don’t result in goals.

Data from Net World Sports indicates that Haaland is currently underperforming in terms of his expected goals (xG) this season, while Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is exceptionally clinical, surpassing his expected goal count with the chances he’s had.

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See below for the data on the best and worst finishers in the Premier League so far this season.

The discrepancy between Haaland’s actual goal count and his xG data might raise eyebrows among City fans and highlights potential limitations of xG analysis.

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Despite statistical observations, Haaland’s lethal finishing prowess is evident to anyone watching, and rare misses like the one against Man Utd are not typical for the former Borussia Dortmund striker.

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Even if Haaland isn’t at his best, Manchester City boasts world-class talents like Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden who can contribute goals from midfield.

As reigning treble winners under Pep Guardiola, they are still favorites to achieve major success this season. It’ll be intriguing to revisit these statistics at season’s end, especially considering Haaland’s injury setbacks, which may have affected his form.

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