Jamie Carragher has suggested that Erling Haaland may have joined the wrong team following Manchester City’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.
Haaland failed to have an impact in the game as City fell short once again.
The Norwegian striker has scored 31 goals in all competitions for Man City this season, but Carragher believes he is not playing at full stretch.
“I’ve felt this season when he’s scored his goals, I think we’ve only seen 60 per cent of Haaland. You think of that goal he scored on the first game of the season against West Ham, the space in behind, he makes that run,’ he said on Sky Sports.”
“I know that’s not there that often with the way City play. He’s come from a league and Borussia Dortmund where it’s a counter-attacking league and it’s end to end and you see that blistering pace. You don’t see it. He may have actually picked the wrong club to actually get the best out of him.”
“We’re not seeing everything of Haaland and Manchester City now, not because of Haaland, you can say they’re a different team, but they’ve scored the exact same amount of goals.
‘He’s scored 25 Premier League goals. Man City as a team have still scored the same amount of goals, but they’ve conceded more and it’s far easier to counter-attack them as well.
Manchester City have scored the same number of goals at this stage last season, while they have conceded more in this campaign.
At this stage last season, they scored 53 goals and conceded 13, while they have netted 53 and conceded 21 this season.
Carragher believes City are a lesser team when they play with Haaland.
“They’re a different team and a lesser team with Haaland in the team, but again it’s not his fault. City as a team will not play end to end football, it’s not Guardiola’s way. His players don’t have the energy or the power or the pace to play end to end.
“Haaland will still score 25 league goals and a lot of those are coming across and he’s putting it in. But we’re not seeing the full package of what this player can do because of the team that he’s gone to.”
Haaland failed to have any shot on target against Tottenham on Sunday.
He will be hoping for an improved performance when City face Aston Villa at the Etihad on Sunday.