Borussia Dortmund superstar striker Erling Haaland ‘ready to take next step’ according to German legend Lothar Matthaus, according to Bundesliga website.
Despite numerous transfer rumours, Haaland chose to join Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg back in January 2019, but it has always been thought amongst the wider football media that the star striker would make another step to an even bigger club.
His incredible goal record has inevitably kept Europe’s biggest clubs interested, with the Norwegian winning the Golden Boy Award having scored 33 goals in 32 appearances for the German outfit.
United have been terribly inconsistent this season which has inevitably resulted in some poor performances. However, it could be argued that the striker positions is not an area where United have struggled. With Marcus Rashford stepping up his game this season and Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood backed up by Edinson Cavani and Odion Ighalo. Despite the Red Devils not failing to score goals, since the loss of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Perise the Premier League’s most successful teams have never had an out and out goalscorer on their books. 20-year-old Haaland is all that and more.
When you look at squad depth, it would seem City would be the more interested party in the Dortmund superstar. The Citizens have struggled with injuries in the forward positions throughout this campaign with both Sergio Aguero and Gabirel Jesus unable to stay fit for long periods. With Aguero past his peak, Haaland could be the perfect replacement for the Argentine who has been City’s talisman for so many seasons.
World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus gave Haaland a glowing review:
“This positivity that he radiates, radiates on the team which is why I think that someday, Haaland will not be playing at Dortmund anymore and will make the next step.
“He is already ready and we are proud to have him in the Bundesliga.
“Dortmund need to be pleased to have gotten him because he is a striker that fits to a club with such emotions.
“At the age of 20, he is a machine. He is a flying striker.
“He brings a positive energy in the team while also scoring goals. He is irreplaceable.
“Erling Haaland is regarded at Dortmund like Robert Lewandowski is at Bayern: the player up front who is not only responsible for the goals but in charge of dragging the team with him. He is a leader at the age of 20.
“That says a lot and on top of that, he knows what he needs to do.
He works defensively as well, something I really enjoy seeing Robert Lewandowski do as well.
“He is not one to just stay forward. His mannerisms as well, for a 20-year-old, to not only think of himself but of his team.”