Erling Haaland sounds ominous warning to Premier League rivals

Haaland has enjoyed a hot start in England
Haaland has enjoyed a hot start in England / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has warned the rest of the Premier League that the best is yet to come after he bagged a hat-trick against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Haaland took his tally for the season to six in four games with three-second half goals that saw City go from 2-0 down to eventual 4-2 winners.

"Of course you see on the pitch I enjoy it and I feel a connection around me," Haaland admitted after the game. "Of course it takes to time but I know it will come and get even better. And that's a good feeling."

The Norway international also took the chance to poke fun at team-mate Phil Foden, who assisted Haaland's first goal after facing criticism for failing to pass to the 22-year-old in recent games against Bournemouth and Newcastle.

"Finally Phil played the ball to me!" he joked. "It's a really good feeling, this. We played for each other, we played together and that's really good. We don't care who scores, it's about winning and the winning mentality."

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Haaland has some lofty goals for his time in Manchester but admitted that his first priority is scoring more Premier League goals than his father Alf-Inge, a former defensive midfielder who managed 18 in 181 games for City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

"It’s a proud moment for me and my family but my Dad will probably say he had more goals in the Premier League than me so I will chase that," he added.

"It was a really good feeling to turn the game around. We had the mentality to trust each other and keep going. We were almost there in the first half so it was about getting it done after that. It is a good feeling.

"It's not easy to come to a new club, a new country so it has been a good start."