Erling Haaland: The Norwegian kid set to conquer the footballing world

Erling Haaland: The Norwegian kid set to conquer the footballing world

Few players in the world of football can capture the imagination of fans like Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is only 22 years old, but he is already among the best strikers in the world.

He grew up in the small Norwegian club Bryne, first playing for the second team and then moving to the main squad. He had a similar journey in one of the most famous Norwegian clubs, Molde.

Haaland's career was launched into orbit when he moved to Red Bull Salzburg. Over the past ten years, the Austrian club has become a true talent factory, almost every season the club makes a big transfer to one of the best teams from the strongest European leagues.

It is certainly interesting that Haaland's value on the player market has been high since he started scoring goals in Salzburg, but it cannot be stated that his transfers broke records. The Austrian club paid Molde only £6.7m, and Salzburg earned only £17m from the sale to Borussia Dortmund.

Mino Raiola

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This summer, Haaland changed clubs again, Borussia Dortmund sold him to Manchester City for £50m, although his market value was estimated at 120 million. The reason why Haaland always cost less than the actual price is the excellent business sense of his former manager Mino Raiola.

Raiola was not a favorite among Europe's biggest clubs even though his clients, the players, adored him. The Italian knew how to make money from transfer commissions and was an expert at creating ideal contract terms for his clients. As soon as the transfer to Dortmund was agreed upon, Raiola asked for a buyout clause to be put in place so that Borussia could not bid in the future. That limit was set at £50m, which Manchester City easily paid.

Raiola recently passed away, which certainly left a mark on the player market, but also the managerial community.

What to expect from Haaland in Manchester City?

Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Borussia, which in itself is an incredible statistic for a young player, considering that it is a club from one of the best European leagues. The Norwegian is a goalscorer who is at his best when deployed in his natural central forward position.

What is of potential concern is the propensity for injury. Haaland has often been injured, especially in his last season at Dortmund when he missed almost four months of the season due to various injuries. But nonetheless, his goalscoring form continued to evolve.

Manchester City has been looking for a true striker since Sergio Aguero left the club after ten years and many trophies. To get more space to score goals, the Citizens had no problem selling attack-oriented players Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Haaland made his debut against Liverpool in the Community Shield match but did not score. However, he redeemed himself in the first game of the Premier League season when he scored both goals against West Ham for his new club's first win of the season. He then assisted with a first goal in a 4-0 victory against Bournemouth.

Top goalscorers in Premier League history

Alan Shearer

The Premier League has seen some incredible goalscorers over its 30 years of existence. Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Thierry Henry, just to name a few.

The Premier League has evolved over three decades, progress has been made in training facilities, the technology used in the recovery of players after injuries, and certain methods are used today that allow players to maximize the talent at their disposal. There are many ways to improve speed and stamina, and the special aspect is food preparation. Nowadays, special attention is focused on the nutrition of the players to withstand all the efforts that football at the highest level requires.

Despite all of the above, the fact that a single player scored 30 or more goals in one season only ten times, or only twice in the last ten years, is surprising. Although in that period some teams such as Manchester City and Liverpool broke efficiency records. This information only confirms how much football has changed and that the central striker is no longer the star of the team.

The record for goals in one Premier League season is still jointly held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer, both of whom scored 34 goals back in the early days of the new system in the mid-1990s.

How many goals can Haaland score?

Erling Haaland arrived at Manchester City to score goals and bring trophies. Seems simple, right? Of course not. But Haaland is a player who seems mentally strong, and someone who is not afraid of the big occasion.

Haaland scored a goal every 83 minutes for Borussia, and every 55 minutes for Salzburg, it may not seem relevant at the moment, but the Norwegian has set a standard where he does not know a long spell without goals, regardless of the injuries he has suffered. It will forever remain a mystery how many goals he would have scored in Dortmund if he hadn't had several long layoffs due to injuries. However, when he recovered, it didn't take long for him to return to form and that is his great quality.

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More importantly, the Norwegian is not afraid of competition. He scored goals wherever he played, including in the Champions League. In Salzburg, he scored 8 goals in 6 games (29 in 27 games in all competitions), in Borussia, 15 in 13 games, despite all the injuries.

He didn't stop scoring even when he plays for his national team, he already has 20 goals in 21 matches.

Considering the quality of players at Manchester City, nobody would be surprised if Haaland surpasses that special 30-goal mark in the Premier League, as well as continuing his goalscoring form in the Champions League.

The fight for trophies

Manchester City traditionally plays for all available trophies, but the two most important ones are the Premier League and the Champions League. Especially when it comes to the latter. Despite the unprecedented investment in the team, Pep Guardiola has still not won that prestigious trophy since arriving in Manchester.

Erling Haaland was brought in to secure that very trophy. But the key to his form is staying healthy. The Norwegian must prove that he is not prone to injuries to such an extent that it will affect his team's season.

Guardiola will depend on that fact.