​Even for the most optimistic of Borussia Dortmund fans, Erling Haaland's ability to hit the ground running in the Bundesliga has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The Norway international came off the bench to score a hat-trick on his debut against Augsburg, while two goals in front of the Yellow Wall at Köln's expense has seen Haaland force his way into Germany's record books.

The 19-year-old reached the tally of five Bundesliga goals quicker than anyone else in the competition's history - in less than an hour, if you're wondering - while he's also the only player to score five in his opening two games.

Erling Haaland

Scoring five goals in just 57 minutes is evidently good no matter what way you look at it, but it's even more impressive when comparing it to how long it took the Bundesliga's all-time top goalscorers to reach that same landmark.

Mario Gómez didn't score until his third season as a Bundesliga player, while Robert Lewandowski needed nine games and the legendary Gerd Müller - he's featured in 90min's 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time series - took five.

It's a start which has left Manchester United with more than just a little bit of egg on their face back in the Premier League. But it's also one that should have every team in the Bundesliga worried about exactly what Lucien Favre's side could do from now until the end of the season.

Borussia Dortmund came into the weekend seven points adrift of RB Leipzig at the top of the table, while Bayern Munich had a three-point cushion in second place, but Haaland's arrival alone wasn't enough to initially throw the Black and Yellows back into the mix for a shot at the title.

It was a pretty standard Hinrunde for the club too.

Pre-season aspirations of finally challenging for the league title again were dealt an early blow when Borussia Dortmund lost to Union Berlin on matchday three, and it looked for a long time that the Meisterschale would be going to Bayern Munich (again) or, even worse for fans, to Leipzig.

As far as the DFB-Pokal and Champions League are concerned, Dortmund have struggled against Werder Bremen over the last few years - they haven't knocked Die Werderaner out of the cup since 2008 - but Florian Kohfeldt's side will be light work compared to their opponents in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain.


He might have broken records in less than an hour in the Bundesliga, but Haaland's quick adaptation to life in Germany doesn't mean Borussia Dortmund are automatically contenders once again.

What the 19-year-old will do, however, is bring an aura to their attack that's been lost for almost a decade, which will help to bring out the best of Dortmund's other attacking players and leave them in the best possible place to mount a late charge for a trophy.

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