Owen Hargreaves gave a glowing review of Erling Haaland after the striker stood out for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City last night, speaking on BT Sport.
City and Dortmund faced off in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, with the English giants grabbing a late 2-1 win.
There were plenty of narratives surrounding Haaland before he stepped on to the Etihad turf.
He was returning to the club his father played for in the early 2000s. The 20-year-old was also up against the team reportedly the front-runner in signing him this summer (BBC Sport).
However, the night belonged to another emerging superstar, Phil Foden, who scored City’s winner in the 90th minute.
Hargreaves: ‘Link-up play was brilliant’
Despite not getting on the scoresheet as he has done so often this season, Haaland still captivated on what was a potential dress rehearsal for his next employees.
Hargreaves was certainly excited by what he witnessed from Dortmund’s sensational striker.
The former Manchester City midfielder said: “His finishing is obviously off the charts. He didn’t get many opportunities today but I thought his hold-up play and link-up play was brilliant.
“I think he surprises everyone how quick he is.
“Everyone talks about his finishing but his overall game was really good. He makes smart runs, he runs in behind.”
And Hargreaves thinks City fans would have been pleased by what they saw of Haaland.
He said: “(Haaland) gets frustrated when it doesn’t go his way because he wants to do great. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.
“You’ll actually come away more impressed because of his link-up play.
“The way he celebrated with his teammates when they scored shows he’s really happy for others to score as well.”
City will need to splash the cash
It was probably a surprise Haaland didn’t score against City. The Norwegian’s 49 goals in 51 appearances for Dortmund makes him one of football’s most deadly marksmen.
Haaland joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg for £17 million (Sky Sports) in 2019 – a fee that now looks one of the bargains of the century.
City and many other European heavyweights want Haaland to lead their attacking line.
But it would certainly cost the Citizens far more than £17 million to prize him away from Germany now.
A report last month by Four Four Two states Haaland would cost City a record-breaking £300 million package once wages were taken into account.
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