Meet the £60k striker rivalling Haaland’s goals and eyeing Champions League bow

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    Erling Haaland's incredible goalscoring run has catapulted Manchester City into serious treble contention with the Norwegian powerhouse rattling home 48 from just 42 matches.

    The £51million summer signing, 22, continues to smash record after record and is now just three goals shy of besting Andy Cole and Alan Shearer for the most scored in a 38-game Premier League season. His ever-increasing firepower saw City steamroll Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and there is a growing sense of inevitably surrounding a first-ever 'Big Ears' trophy.

    While Haaland's free-scoring form has pushed Pep Guardiola's side to within touching distance of Istanbul, one striker ready to make the step up to Europe's most-exclusive competition has also enjoyed a roaring season in front of goal.

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    Cymru Premier forward Declan McManus has fired The New Saints to a record-breaking 15th top-flight title, securing a spot in the First Qualifying Round for the 2023/24 Champions League. The Scotland youth international, 28, has pummelled in a record 29 goals in just 25 league matches- remarkably outscoring Haaland by an average of 0.02 goals per 90 minutes.

    Wrapping up the title with a brace in a 4-1 thumping over closest rivals Connah's Quay, who still finished 22 points behind the league champions, McManus has 40 goal contributions, 32 goals and eight assists, across the 2022/23 campaign and is on course to bank the Cymru Premier Player of the Season for the second consecutive term, as well as back-to-back Golden Boots.

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    Carrying on his impressive goalscoring streak from the previous campaign, in which he also managed 40 goal contributions in all competitions, the Aberdeen youth product has also aided TNS to the brink of another domestic double. The champions face Bala Town on Sunday looking to retain the Welsh Cup.

    With the Powys-based outfit having been knockout of Europe in the qualifying rounds for the last 23 seasons, including defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool, McManus maintains his dream is to help TNS reach the group stage of a UEFA competition.


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