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Erling Haaland has had no problems adapting to the Premier League (Image: Getty Images)

Erling Haaland continued to write his name into the Premier League history books on Sunday with his latest hat-trick for Manchester City.

The Norwegian striker has taken English football by storm since his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund, scoring another three goals in City’s stunning 6-3 win over Manchester United at the Etihad, while he has scored 17 from 11 in all competitions.

The 22-year-old has become the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in three consecutive home games – following trebles against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace – and has already scored as many Premier League hat-tricks as e.g. Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba.

Another great piece of history Haaland grabbed himself on Sunday was the fastest player to three hat-tricks in the Premier League.

It has taken the Norwegian just eight games to score three Premier League hat-tricks, with Michael Owen the fastest so far to the tally, which took him 48 Premier League games.

Owen scored all three in 1998 while playing for Liverpool, scoring trebles against Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest.

Ruud van Nistelrooy played 59 games to achieve three hat-tricks, while Fernando Torres managed it in 64 games.

Michael Owen

Michael was a force to be reckoned with for Liverpool in 1998 (Image: Getty Images)

Haaland’s 14 league goals this season are twice as many as anyone else has managed in the Premier League, with Harry Kane his closest rival for the Golden Boot on seven.

The most goals ever in a Premier League season is 34 by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer, although that was when the season was 42 games long. Mohamed Salah holds the record in a season of 38 games with 32 goals. Haaland is on course to smash the records, regardless of whether Shearer and Cole have extra games to play.

Kevin Phillips scored the most goals in a debut Premier League season when he scored 30 goals for Sunderland in the 1999/2000 campaign.

After Haaland’s latest exploits, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: ‘It’s (incredible). But he has done that before he arrived here – in Norway, Austria and Germany. The numbers are frightening.’

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