All signs point to yes, in regards to if Erling Haaland will take the next step, and move away from Austria. A decision the entire footballing world anticipates.
A move away from the Red Bull Arena is inevitable for Leeds-born striker. His domination of the Austrian Bundesliga and the Champions League has seen him stand out in this impressive RB Salzburg team, who have taken points from Napoli and give holders Liverpool two tough games. The Red Bull outfit have essentially succumbed to losing Haaland’s strike-partner, Minamino, to Liverpool. It seems like the Norwegian will be making the next step, but we are gathering a clearer picture as to where the 6-ft-3 forward has his heart set on.
According to Sky in Germany, Haaland has visited his sister club RB Leipzig, as well as Borussia Dortmund as he mulls over his next move. Manchester United and Juventus have also been linked to the 19 year old.
If he does choose to move to either of the German clubs, it would show that Erling is mature enough to realise that game-time and patience would be hard to come by at clubs like the Bianconeri or the Red Devils.
RB Leipzig – The perfect move for Erling Haaland?
When assessing Haaland’s options, the most logical move would be to Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig. Staying within the RB realm, the structure and aims of the club will be similar to those of Salzburg, allowing the former Molde striker continuity in that sense.
There is no pressure to lead Leipzig to ‘the promised land’; he can focus solely on improving his game, and becoming one of Europe’s most feared strikers, before then making the next step to the top of world football. Die Roten Bullen, Leipzig’s academy, has become world-renowned for its development and nurturing of youth talent – even if it is hated domestically. Tried and tested. It seems like natural progression, at least in my eyes.
Borussia Dortmund – Option 2?
Paco Alcacer has been a joy in Dortmund, but his injury problems have not deserted him, and thus Dortmund need to find a contingency plan. Enter Erling Haaland. A rotation option, at least in the short-term, who will not complain about game-time, as he has seen the progression of youth within the Dortmund system for at least a decade now.
There is a clear path to becoming the figurehead of the Favre regime. Well, if he doesn’t get sacked. The Dortmund fanbase is more understanding and will allow Haaland the time to develop. This move provides the Norway international with a transfer to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, whilst still sparing himself some developmental time – essentially having no pressure on his shoulders.
Haaland has the whole of Europe after his services realistically. It was reported that 40 teams’ scouts were present to watch him against Liverpool in their recent Champions League game. United provide an alternative in which he is assured to be the face of the project, but let’s be honest, he could do better couldn’t he. 41 goals in 28 appearances in all games, for club and country. Juventus are also monitoring his situation, but the path to the first team there is long. Perhaps why Haaland has not chosen to visit them YET.
What does the future hold for Erling Haaland? Personally, I think a move to RB Leipzig. The Bundesliga, stylistically, is similar to its Austrian counterpart. Culture is likely to be very similar in Germany too. We have to remember who we are dealing with. A 19-year-old boy, who simply wants to enjoy life. Perhaps a long shot, but I hope one day Erling ends up at Elland Road, home of Leeds United. The city he was born in whilst his father played for Leeds. It does just seem like fate. Let’s hope Bielsa can hold up his end of the bargain, and who knows – in a few years, Erling could be bagging for Leeds in the Champions League, just like he has dreamt of.
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