Should Spurs join the Battle for this Teenage Striker?
In the summer of 2020, if not sooner, there is almost certain to be a scramble for the signature of Erling Braut Haland. The Red Bull Salzburg striker is only 19 but a stunning goals tally with his current club has already made him one of the hottest properties in Europe.
If the stories are to be believed, there will be no shortage of competition for his signature but why all the fuss about this Norwegian centre forward?
Son of former Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Leeds United defender Alf Inge Haland, Erling was actually born in Leeds in 2000. It’s said that he’s a big fan of the Elland Road club and that he might like to play for them one day but while Leeds United remain in the Championship, Haland seems destined for greater things.
He made his debut for Bryne, aged just 15, in 2015 but while Erling Haland had recorded an impressive striking tally in the club’s reserves, he failed to find the net for the senior side in 16 games.
Undeterred, Molde came calling in 2017 and Haland made his debut for his new club in February of that year. Haland would spend a year and a half in the Eliteserien and finished with a respectable tally of 20 goals in 50 games but few would have been prepared for what happened next.
Last summer, Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg came in for the player and secured Erling Braut Haland’s services on a five year deal. In just 11 games since arriving in the Austrian Bundesliga, Haland has registered no fewer than four hat tricks in all competitions. In those 11 matches, the striker’s goal tally has stretched to 18 and that’s been enough to alert some of the top sides across European Football.
In the Frame
Juventus and Napoli have been widely linked with the potential capture of Erling Braut Haland but there’s believed to be plenty of interest from the Premier League too. Liverpool and Manchester United are linked in some places and now Spurs appear to have joined an increasing list of suitors.
As always, there is the question of whether anyone wants to come to the new White Hart Lane and sit on the bench waiting for Harry Kane to get injured. Our early exit from the EFL Cup wipes out the main channel for back up strikers and, even at such a young age, would a player of Erling Haland’s promise be prepared for a spell as the second choice striker?
The same scenario may also occur at another club but in the first instance, all interested parties may just want to hold off and monitor the player’s progress. As good as he’s been, Haland has just played those 11 games in Austria and it may be logical to expect club’s to see whether or not he can sustain his form over a whole season.
Clearly there’s a long way to go in this one but the link is interesting. With Spurs needing to spend and refresh the squad, does a move for Erling Braut Haland make sense.