Is Erling Haaland the best young striker in Europe?

We take a look at the Norweigian international and Borussia Dortmund striker who cannot stop scoring whenever he steps onto the field. We analyse his stats and compare him to current world-class strikers.
haaland scores twice v Clubb Brugge in the Champions League. 24th November. Photo Source

The European leagues have only known Erling Braut Haaland for two seasons, but already he is a household name after his move to Borussia Dortmund and the fact that he tops many goalscoring leaderboards. 

The 20-year olds stats speak for themselves as this season, he continues to keep scoring for his new German club. He was leading at the halfway stage of the Champions League as we mentioned a few weeks ago.

Haaland has scored in each of his last seven games totalling 17 goals in 13 games for Dortmund, 10 goals in seven games in the Bundesliga (one behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski) and has scored 6 goals in 4 games in the Champions League. He has already scored more Champions League goals quicker than Brazilian stars Ronaldo and Adriano. 

In his international career, he has played seven times for Norway and scored six times, only making his debut two months ago. Haaland, who was born In Leeds England, when his farther, Alf-Inga Haland was playing for Leeds United and the family moved to Norway when he was 3, so he had the opportunity to play for either country, but chose Norway. 

Haaland also just won the European Young Golden Boy award, which is given to the best player under 21-year old in one of the top-tier European leagues. He beat the likes of teammate Jordan Sancho and Barcelona’s Ansu Fati. Past winners included Joa Felix, Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling.  

This season he has carried on like he did last year after scoring 44 goals in 40 appearances for two clubs. He moved from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund in January for 20 million euros. In that same month, he was named the Bundesliga player of the month, but only playing a total of 59 minutes. 

In the same season, he scored 10 goals in just 7 games in the Champions League and was the first teenager to score 10 goals in the Champions League in a season and is the quickest player to reach double figures in the league’s history. 

Do these goals and records make him the best young forward in European football right now? Teammates like Jordan Sancho and Jude Bellingham might have something to say, but what about Kylian Mpabbe? Nike’s pin-up and the next best thing in France since ZiZu. But he has not taken to the Champions League like Haaland has, but has already won a World Cup, which is something Haaland might never do with Norway. 

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