Erling Haaland's fourth hat-trick for Manchester City brought his season total of goals to 31 in all competitions as Pep Guardiola's team thrashed relegation-threatened Wolves. Haaland had been experiencing a dry period by his own exceedingly high standards.
However, the Norwegian destroyed Wolves in a 12-minute span either side of halftime after snapping a three-game losing streak against Tottenham on Thursday. To give the home team the lead at halftime, Haaland originally rose to head in a cross from Kevin de Bruyne. As Wolves captain Ruben Neves fouled Ilkay Gundogan, he converted a penalty, and then he scored his third after Jose Sa's pass out of his six-yard box went straight to Riyad Mahrez.
Over the course of City's first 20 Premier League games, Haaland has already netted 25 goals. This is five more than the previous high mark for this point in the season, which Luis Suarez achieved in 2013–14. With his current total, the Norwegian striker would have been eligible to win the Golden Boot in more than half of the 30 seasons since the English top division's renaming in 1992.