麥考利-朗斯塔夫。諾茨郡的前鋒在進球方面與埃林-哈蘭德不相上下

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麥考利-朗斯塔夫。諾茨郡的前鋒在進球方面與埃林-哈蘭德不相上下

當曼城的進球狂魔埃林-哈蘭德在對陣狼隊的比賽中低射入底角時,麥考利-朗斯塔夫知道他必須做什麼。

當時,蘭斯塔夫正在喜鵲隊的大巴上,大巴在倫敦蜿蜒而行,前往多金。

在去往上周六比賽的路上,他和他的諾茨的隊友們正在觀看英超冠軍曼城在早些時候的開球中把狼隊甩在一邊。

哈蘭德的進球,也就是他在聯賽中的第11個進球,讓人們對朗斯塔夫自己的進球數充滿期待--他是英格蘭職業聯賽中唯一能夠在進球榜上跟上挪威人的球員。

諾茨在國家聯賽與多金流浪者隊交鋒的前一天在社交媒體上強調了這一統計數字,而反應也是立竿見影的--"非聯賽的哈蘭德 "這一稱號很快就被朗斯塔夫的隊友們撲捉到了。

"我知道這只是一種樂趣,但看到我的名字出現在五大聯賽的進球榜上,看到他名列前茅,而我在周六之前以10個進球與他持平,這是一種快樂,"蘭斯塔夫告訴BBC體育。

"看到這一點是有點瘋狂的。我從中獲得了很多信心,你知道。只要能和這樣的名字被提到同一句話,就很了不起。"

雖然朗斯塔夫未能在周六的比賽中增加自己的積分,在一場3-1的失敗中結束了諾茨的不敗開局,但他決心 "努力跟上 "哈蘭德的步伐。

蘭斯塔夫說:"作為一名前鋒,你會把這樣的小事當作動力,"他在8月份的5場比賽中打進6球,為他贏得了國家聯賽月度最佳球員獎。

"我喜歡進球,想打破我上賽季的記錄。"

正是上個賽季在國家聯賽北區為蓋茨黑德隊打進的32個進球,使這位提斯德人--七年前在第十級聯賽中以40英鎊的出場費比賽--成為非聯賽中最受歡迎的球員之一。

諾茨的主教練盧克-威廉姆斯被任命時,諾茨正準備簽署朗斯塔夫和塞德溫-斯科特的交易,他在蓋茨黑德的26球的攻擊夥伴。

喜鵲的老闆說,在觀看了比賽錄像、查看了統計資料並與這兩人會面後,他做出了一個 "簡單 "的決定,即支持這兩筆簽約。

在本賽季初克服了科維德之後,前鄧迪前鋒斯科特現在已經在過去的五場比賽中打進了四個球,他說他將繼續 "努力 "追趕並 "推動 "蘭斯塔夫。

"斯科特說:"我們都希望自己能進球。

當被問及朗斯塔夫在本賽季的開局時,斯科特說。"他稱自己為非聯賽中的哈蘭德。但我們不會讓這一點影響到他的頭腦。"

雖然朗斯塔夫笑着回答說 "我不可能這麼說",但他坦率地承認,他已經盡其所能地採用了挪威人的比賽元素。

"蘭斯塔夫說:"我看了他的視頻,儘管我們在比賽方式上有些不同,但我們做的很多事情都是一樣的。

"我回到家,試圖重現他在球場上的表現。我採取了很多他做的事情,小技巧,他在禁區內的動作是令人難以置信的。他有很多進球,我看着他的比賽,儘量把他的比賽帶到我的比賽中。"

蘭斯塔夫說,這有助於 "教練喜歡 "哈蘭德。

"他一直給我們看他的視頻,他有多好,他有多有效,"他補充說。

威廉姆斯非常希望看到朗斯塔夫避免承受 "模仿目前世界上最有潛力的9號球員 "的壓力,但也讚賞人們的比較。

"我們知道水平相差甚遠,但這兩個人的態度和想法非常相似,"威廉姆斯說。

他們有一個明確的共同點,就是兩個前鋒在新的聯賽中登陸,並為他們的新俱樂部提供了大量的進球。

蘭斯塔夫,在米德爾斯堡踢球的時候,承認他從來沒有設想過會達到這樣的水平,當時他在十幾歲的時候為比林漢姆Synthonia踢球時,"提前退休"。

他說:"我喜歡它,"他說。"我每周都在拿錢踢球,不管是多少錢。

"我在比林漢姆新星隊的第一個賽季結束後,我沒有回去參加季前賽,因為我真的不想再踢了。我想我會做其他事情,我在大學裡。

"但當我看到我的隊友們去打球時,我有點想念它,所以我想我會回去。我不能把我的手指放在確切的原因上,但在那之後我進了很多球,從提前退休開始,我最終與蓋茨黑德[在2017年2月]簽署了我的第一份職業合同。"

在第二次與蓋茨黑德簽約之前,我被租借到布萊斯斯巴達,然後轉會到約克城,最終轉會到梅多巷,在離開四年之後,諾茨的球隊試圖回到英格蘭足球聯賽。

"蘭斯塔夫補充說:"我現在比以前更有動力。

"由於我所經歷的旅程,我每天都更加饑渴。"


When Manchester City goalscoring sensation Erling Haaland drilled a low shot into the bottom corner against Wolves, Macaulay Langstaff knew what he had to do.

At the time Langstaff was on the Magpies team bus as it snaked its way around London en-route to Dorking.

On the way to last Saturday's game, he and his Notts team-mates were watching Premier League champions Manchester City brush aside Wolves in the early kick-off.

Haaland's goal, his 11th in the league, had raised the expectations on Langstaff's own goal glut - the only player in England's professional leagues who had managed to keep up with the Norwegian in the scoring charts.

Notts had highlighted that statistic on social media a day before their National League meeting with Dorking Wanderers, and the reaction was instantaneous - the moniker as the 'non-league Haaland' was quickly pounced on by Langstaff's team-mates.

"I know it's just a bit of fun, but it was a pleasure to see my name on the goalscoring charts for the top five leagues and see him top and me level with him with 10 before Saturday," Langstaff told BBC Sport.

"Seeing that is a bit crazy. I take a lot of confidence from that, you know. Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as a name like that is brilliant."

While Langstaff was unable to add to his own tally on Saturday, in a 3-1 defeat that ended Notts' unbeaten start to the season, he is determined "to try and keep up" with Haaland.

"As a striker you take small things like that as motivation," said Langstaff, whose six goals in five games in August earned him the National League player of the month award.

"I love scoring goals and want to beat my record from last season."

It was last term's 32-goal haul for Gateshead in National League North that made the Teessider - who was playing for £40 appearance fees seven years ago in the 10th tier - one of the most sought after players in non-league.

Notts head coach Luke Williams was appointed just as Notts were about sign off on deals for Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott, his 26-goal strike partner at Gateshead.

The Magpies boss said it was a "simple" decision to throw his support behind the double signing, after watching highlights, going over the stats and meeting the pair.

After overcoming Covid at the start of the season, former Dundee forward Scott has now scored four goals in his past five games and says he will keep "chipping away" to catch up to and "drive on" Langstaff.

"We both fancy ourselves to score goals," Scott said.

Asked about Langstaff's start to the season, Scott said: "He's called himself the non-league Haaland. But we're not going to let that go to his head."

While Langstaff laughed in reply, saying "there is no way I said that", he freely admits that he has done all he can to adopt elements of the Norwegian's game.

"I watch videos of him and even though we are a little different in terms of the way we play, a lot of what we do is the same," Langstaff said.

"I go home and try to recreate what he does on the pitch. I take a lot of things he does, little tips, his movement in the box is unbelievable. He scores a lot of tap-ins and I watch to try take as much of his game into my game as I can."

Langstaff says it helps that "the gaffer loves" Haaland.

"He shows us videos of him all the time, how good he is and how effective he is," he added.

Williams is keen to see Langstaff avoid having the pressure put on him "to emulate the most potent number 9 in the world at the moment", but appreciates the comparisons being made.

"We know that the levels are far apart, but the attitude and the ideas of the two guys are very similar," Williams said.

One definite thing they have in common is two strikers who have landed in new a league and delivered goals galore for their new clubs.

Langstaff, who was on the books at Middlesbrough as a junior, admits he never envisioned reaching such a level when he went into "early retirement" while playing for Billingham Synthonia in the 10th tier of the game as a teenager.

"I loved it," he said. "I was getting paid to play football every week, no matter how much.

"After my first season with Billingham Synthonia I didn't go back for pre-season because I didn't really want to play anymore. I thought I'd do other things, I was at college.

"But when I saw my mates going to play I missed it a little so I thought I'd go back. I can't put my finger on the exact reason, but I scored a lot of goals after that and from early retirement I ended up signing my first professional deal with Gateshead [in February 2017]."

A loan spell with Blyth Spartans, then a transfer to York City followed before a second spell with Gateshead resulted in a move to Meadow Lane and a Notts side trying to return to the English Football League after a four-year absence.

"I'm more driven now than ever," Langstaff added.

"I'm hungrier and hungrier every day because of the journey I've been on."

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