HISTORY remembers the Haaland name with a wince.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is a target for Europe’s top clubsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Leeds legend Alf-Inge Haaland is Erling’s fatherCredit: Refer to Caption
But that has quickly been forgotten about. Now Alf-Inge’s son, Erling Haaland is the hottest striker in Europe and tracked by a number of clubs, including Chelsea.
The Borussia Dortmund striker, still only 20, has been one of the Bundesliga’s most-feared marksman after signing from Red Bull Salzburg for £18m in 2020.
In one and a half seasons he scored 57 goals in just 59 games, which is why teams are willing to pay over £100million to secure his services.
Few can forget his debut – coming on as a second half substitute against Augsburg and scoring a hat-trick within 23 minutes.
He’s only the second player in Dortmund history to score three times on his debut – the other being Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But that’s nothing for the hulking great teen, who first hit the headlines when he struck NINE goals in one game at the Under-20 World Cup for Norway in 2019.
Haaland is the hottest property in world football right nowCredit: Getty
Norway pummelled Honduras 12-0 with Haaland’s treble hat-trick seeing the nation go out on a high as they finished third in the group and were eliminated.
Blessed with power and pace, he may still be far from the finished product — yet his appearance suggests he is already there.
A giant of a man at 6ft 4in, the Yorkshire-born forward has already bulked-up and uses his size to his advantage, bullying and bashing his way past defenders.
HAAL OF FAME
But to think of Haaland as a traditional bulldozer would be a mistake.
Roy Keane caught Alf-Inge Haaland on the knee with this horrendous challenge in 2001Credit: Sky
Haaland joined Dortmund in 2020 for £18mCredit: AFP
On his debut against Augsburg Haaland scored a hat-trick in just 23 minutesCredit: AFP or licensors
At 6ft 4in Haaland is built like a battering ramCredit: AP:Associated Press
He possesses a classy touch and clinical finish, a style that has seen Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who coached the prospect at Molde, compare him to a former Old Trafford favourite.
Solskjaer said: “He will be at the top of the game for sure. He reminds me of Romelu Lukaku.”
At around the same age, Lukaku made the move to the Premier League when he joined Chelsea.
Haaland could be given a similar opportunity soon.
Manchester United were aware of Haaland’s talents when he played at Molde, and regularly sent scouts to check his progress.
Haaland was a target for Man Utd who have missed out on him twiceCredit: Getty – Contributor
Haaland was born in Yorkshire as his father Alf-Inge played for LeedsCredit: Instagram @erling.haaland
Erling Haaland has been stand-out performer for Dortmund scoring 57 goals in all competitions since his arrivalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
They once saw Haaland score every goal in a 4-0 win, but have missed out on signing him twice.
First, he moved to Red Bull Salzburg in 2019, then after banging 29 goals in 27 games in Austrian football – Dortmund had seen enough to pip Solskjaer to his signature.
However, the prospect of Haaland ending up on the red side of Manchester may be uncomfortable for his dad who spent three years at City.
Up to now, the youngster has tread a similar path.
Haaland began his career in the same place as Alf-Inge, with Norwegian side Bryne FK who play in the nation’s second tier before moving to Molde.
And his next move could be to the Premier League, and if he wants to appease his dad, he’ll be leading the line at Elland Road.
“The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds,” Haaland once told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
Haaland is a powerful striker with a classy touch and clinical finishCredit: Getty – Contributor
Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge in action against his nemesis Roy KeaneCredit: PA:Press Association
Haaland dreams of winning the Premier League with LeedsCredit: Instagram
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