Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has no doubts Erling Haaland will become one of the greats of the game after witnessing the Manchester City striker’s power first-hand in a 6-0 FA Cup defeat at the Etihad.
The Norway international took his goal tally to 42 in 37 matches with his sixth hat-trick of the campaign, which is one more than the total of every other Premier League player combined this season.
Haaland has scored more trebles at home this term (six) than he has had matches in which he has failed to find the net (five) and has registered nine goals in eight days after netting five in the midweek Champions League win over RB Leipzig following his winner at Crystal Palace.
“I have played against the greats of this time, (Lionel) Messi, Ronaldinho, (Zinedine) Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo,” said the former City defender and captain.
“In the end they are part of a very special elite because I think even the very best find it very difficult to stop those guys, no matter what you say, because they will find a way and someone like Erling will keep finding a way.
“The biggest thing for me is his game can still improve and that is maybe the difference with the other superstars in general, to me he looks like a superstar who is willing to improve and that is exciting to see.
“I think the goalscoring record in general puts you in a certain bracket, a certain category. I don’t need to say more than showing you his record of goals.
“That is the hardest part of the game but I see the mindset to improve. His game has improved from when he arrived six months ago and if he continues to do that he is going to have to (be considered a great) as this is not something you experience a lot.”
Haaland is now only four goals away from becoming the highest goalscorer for a Premier League club in all competitions in one season.