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Haaland: Man City’s weapon of mass destruction

The Guardian’s David Squires has set his satirical sights on the current dominance of City and their “unlimited resources.”

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The record-breaking start of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland in the Premier League has caught the imagination of the footballing world. That is why it is not surprising that the British newspaper The Guardian has published a cartoon in which the Norwegian striker appears represented as if it were a weapon of mass destruction mounted on a missile truck and cheered by a crowd, reminiscent of certain dictatorial societies where everyone falls in line.

The Guradian cartoon about Haaland.
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The Guradian cartoon about Haaland.

‘On the pitch, Manchester City swatted aside Wolves, thanks in part to the continued dominance of Erling Haaland,’ Squires writes alongside his artwork.

‘It’s cool that the strongest team, backed by limitless financial resources, have the most lethal weapon; cool, cool, cool. It’s like a powerful regime parading its military hardware each week (just to add to the UK’s pervading North Korean vibes)’.

Haaland on fire in Premier League

But the truth is that, with the exception of the defeat against Liverpool in the Community Shield, Haaland’s debut with City could not have been better, with 14 goals in ten games played. In the Premier, Pep Guardiola’s new ‘9′ has scored 11 goals in seven games and is the league’s top scorer, just as he is in the Champions League, where he has scored three in two games (tied with Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappé).

Opposition defence systems are on high alert in England and around Europe.