No, we are not going to talk about Martin Ødegaard in this article, although he certainly fits the title. In the following lines we are going to introduce you to another Norwegian player who is also causing a sensation this season. It’s about Erling Braut Haaland.
After his last performances at Borussia Dortmund, it goes without saying that he is a center forward, as his entry into the yellow club has been thunderous. Haaland is 1.94 meters tall and has a speed and goal-scoring instinct unbecoming for his age (19).
The Norwegian was born in Leeds (England) in July 2000. His father, Alf-Inge Haaland, was then playing for Leeds United. Erling spent his first 3 years in England and then moved to Bryne (Norway). In 2015, he joined Bryne FK’s reserve squad, where he impressed by scoring 18 goals in 14 games. His spectacular performances led him to debut with Bryne FK’s first team (then in Norway’s second division) at just 15 years old. The tall killer caught the attention of scouts at a Bundesliga club, Hoffenheim, with whom he auditioned without success.
Haaland continued his progression and at the beginning of 2017 he was signed by Molde FK, one of the most prominent teams in the Eliteserien (the Norwegian first division). Erling was quick to shine. In his first season in Molde he played 20 games, scoring 4 goals. These figures improved considerably in the following season (16 goals and 5 assists in 30 games), under the direction of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, current Manchester United manager. Haaland proved his credentials in the Europa League and his game was compared to that of Romelu Lukaku. El Molde began receiving offers for Haaland, which culminated the season by receiving the award for best appearance of the year in the Eliteserien.
In the summer of 2018, Red Bull Salzburg announced the signing of the promising Scandinavian forward, effective on January 1, 2019. Haaland signed a 5-year contract and played his first 5 games with the Austrian team in the 2018 season. -2019, scoring a single goal.
Haaland closed the season in a very striking way, since he played with Norway in the U-20 World Cup in Poland, and was the top scorer in that competition with 9 goals (all of them scored in a single game, against Honduras).
Its international explosion has undoubtedly arrived in the current 2019-2020 season. Haaland played 22 games for Salzburg, scoring no less than 28 goals. These were his detailed statistics: 14 League matches (16 goals), 2 Cup matches (4 goals) and 6 Champions League matches (8 goals!).
His stay in Austrian lands ended in December. Borussia Dortmund made a brilliant “trading card”. On the penultimate day of 2019, Haaland was signed by the yellows, in exchange for an investment of about 21 million euros. The author of the management, the sports director of Borussia, Michael Zorc, took advantage of a clause in Haaland’s contract with Salzburg to get the signing at a price that was considered “balance” by the international press. In the player’s presentation, Zorc portrayed him perfectly: “Erling is an ambitious, athletic, very physical center forward, with a scoring instinct, endowed with enviable speed and with plenty of room to progress.”
The Scandinavian arrived at the Borusser team with the intention of competing for the position of starting striker with the Spanish Paco Alcácer. The yellows had no doubts and decided to take advantage of the Valencian’s good poster to sell it to Villarreal for 25 million euros. The operation was round.
Haaland has burst into Dortmund with exhibitions. So far, he has played 11 games, scoring 12 goals and leaving a feeling of future world star.
Clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United or Leipzig had it on their agenda, but Borussia went ahead, making one of the best moves in recent years. Haaland currently has a listing of 80 million euros on Transfermarkt, but it is still going to appreciate much more. Everything indicates that Borussia fans will be able to enjoy it for a few years, until it reaches its maximum value and then it will be the protagonist of a multi-million dollar operation. “Girlfriends” will not be missing.