Erling Haaland’s Man City team-mate Akanji backs the striker to score FIFTY Prem goals… although he knows how to STOP him

ERLING HAALAND has been backed to break the Premier League’s goalscoring record and reach 50 this season – if he stays fit.

The Norwegian has had a sensational start to life at Manchester City – scoring 19 goals in his first 11 games, including 14 in the league.

Erling Haaland has scored 14 goals in eight Premier League games

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Erling Haaland has scored 14 goals in eight Premier League gamesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Manuel Akanji has backed his Etihad pal to score 50 prem goals

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Manuel Akanji has backed his Etihad pal to score 50 prem goalsPhoto credit: Getty

Alan Shearer and Andy Cole both hit 34 in a single campaign — and that’s been the benchmark for over 25 years.

But when asked if Hotshot Haaland could beat Haaland by half a century, City teammate Manuel Akanji said: “If he stays healthy then I think there’s nothing that can stop him, yes.”

The Switzerland international has been a teammate of Haaland at club level for the past three years as the two were together at Borussia Dortmund.

He knows how to attack the 22-year-old – but is unwilling to offer tips to his rivals ahead of today’s visit from the struggling Southampton, who have lost 9-0 twice in Prem history.

Haaland is in the hunt for a fourth straight Etihad hat-trick after the treble against Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.

Akanji told talkSPORT: “I try to stop him in training and I know how to do that – but I hope other defenders don’t make it and he keeps scoring.

“So I won’t give them any help. We need a finisher and that really helps the team a lot.”

Newcastle Prem strikers Callum Wilson and West Ham’s Michail Antonio said on their podcast they expect Haaland to beat the Prem record for most goals in a single season.

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That currently stands at 34 and boss Pep Guardiola said: “It would be good if records were broken. If he continues this rhythm, who knows?

“After Community Shield, people had a lot of doubts, but now there’s a lot of certainty. Either way, nobody knows what’s going to happen.

“We will see at the end of the season how many goals and how many chances we had to win the title.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he could offer Haaland’s father Alfie a job as a club chef – whose pre-game lasagna seems to do the trick.

Haaland feasted on the baked pasta dish prepared by his old man the night before games at the Etihad and it appears to be working as 12 goals are already being scored at his new stadium.

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Guardiola smiles: “We can get Erling’s father to cook for us.

“If this is the secret of Erling’s goals, I will persuade our Chairman Khaldoon to bring him here. But I think there isn’t just one secret to his goals.”

Akanji and Haaland are former Borussia Dortmund teammates

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Akanji and Haaland are former Borussia Dortmund teammatesPhoto credit: Reuters

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