WHEN you’re on the Prem summit, just ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, surely the last thing you want to think of is a red top.
But not Erling Haaland.
Fans have noticed the Manchester Citystriker is a machine not just at scoring goals but also for munching carrots – even dangling them out of his mouth as he signs autographs.
Haaland rounded off City’s return to the top of the table with a cracking finish in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Arsenal.
And he’s a gold-carrot performer off the pitch as well.
The £51million Norwegian will never be short of vitamin A, judging by his knack for the healthy snack.
the 22-year-old was snapped with his car window down as a carrot hang from his lips while he scribbled his name for supporters.
And in another picture he can be seen driving off with one hand on the wheel, the other on a half-eaten carrot.
One fan dreamed: “I want to be to Erling Haaland what carrots are to him.”
And another pondered: “Maybe the trick is to eat whole carrots to become Haaland.”
But in fact the orange sticks are just the tip of the ex-Borussia Dortmund hero’s incredible eating regime, designed for peak power and fitness.
He downs 6,000 calories a day – leading to some amazing claims from his international team-mate Josh King.
The former Watford and Everton frontman, now with Fenerbahce, once said Haaland “eats like a bear”.
King told Ben Foster’s ‘The Cycling GK’ podcast: “He’s just a freak. I’ve never ever seen anyone eat as much as he does.
Haaland himself has revealed he also eats chunks of liver and heart beef from local butchers.
He told the ‘Haaland: The big decision‘ documentary: “You (other people) don’t eat this, but I am concerned with taking care of my body.
“I think eating quality food that is as local as possible is the most important.
“People say meat is bad for you but which? The meat you get at McDonald’s?
“Or the local cow eating grass right over there? I eat the heart and the liver.”
Add in his vegetable-chewing antics, and it might not sound too tasty.
But he’s in prime condition, with amazing stats, so perhaps the carrot-and-kick approach works best for him.