Heading into the 2019/20 season, Erling Haaland was something of an unknown. Yes, people had sat up and started to take notice of the hitman after his nine-goal showing for Norway in the 12-0 win over Honduras at the under-20 World Cup. But many players have caught the eye at those competitions previously before failing to make that next step.
However, the youngster was no flash in the pan and it wasn't long before he was the name on everyone's lips. A goal machine for Red Bull Salzburg, his future was the biggest talking point heading into the January transfer window.
According to reports, he was being chased by Manchester United, Juventus, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old was also on the radar of near enough every top European club.
Surprisingly, BVB won the race to sign him, and for just €20million. The big test for the powerhouse forward would be whether or not his form was transferable. In the Austrian league, people assumed he was a flat-track bully. The Bundesliga should've been more difficult.
But, at the time of writing this, he'd netted nine times in eight matches in the German top flight. Talk has already turned to his next move.
With the help of Football Manager 2020, we've been able to see how his career pans out. We're now five seasons into the future and we can reveal the 6ft4ins striker is now plying his trade at Stamford Bridge.
He continued scoring goals for BVB, netting a career-best 21 goals in 31 appearances during the 2021/22 campaign. Haaland kicked off the following campaign in fine form, too, scoring six in the opening 13 matches before his big-money move to Chelsea.
Seeking a first Premier League crown under Frank Lampard after a series of second-place finishes, the Blues parted with £91million to sign the Norway international. In his first full season with the club, he claimed the Golden Boot award with 23 goals from 30 appearances.
He's one of the most clinical players on the game. His stats are all geared towards him putting the ball into the back of the net. With a finishing rating of 19 and an anticipation rating of 18, it's easy to understand why he's so prolific. Off the ball he's got a 19 and his composure and strength are currently both 16.
If he develops in real life at such a rate he'll be breaking goalscoring records in no time. The Blues are reportedly in the market for a striker, too. If they manage to land the left-footed poacher then it will be the biggest of statement signings.