Norwegian starlet Erling Haaland has taken like a fish to water after his summer arrival at Manchester City, with the 22-year-old goalscoring machine already hitting eleven goals in just seven Premier League fixtures this season.
In what may turn out to be one of the best transfers in the history of the top flight of English football, Haaland was secured for less than £60m after he shone for two-and-a-half years with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund after bagging 86 goals in just 89 appearances across all competitions.
Before his star-studded stint in the Ruhr valley and goalscoring rivalry with Robert Lewandowski, Haaland drew attention to himself after just one year across two half-seasons with RB Salzburg to the tune of 29 goals in 27 appearances in domestic and European play after his arrival from Norwegian outfit Molde FK.
Now, according to his father Alfie Haaland, the 6′5 center-forward could return to his ancestral roots and go Viking; in other words, adventuring and raiding defensive back lines all along the way.
In a recent documentary on Nordic streaming service Viaplay titled Haaland — The Big Decision, it was revealed how Haaland and his father sorted through the many possible destinations on the table before ultimately choosing the Etihad under Pep Guardiola.
But his spell at City may not last as long as many supporters will be hoping for, as Alfie went on record stating “I think Erling wants to test out his capabilities in every league. Then he can stay in every league for three to four years maximum. He could have two-and-a-half years in Germany, two-and-a-half in England, and then in Spain, Italy, France, right?”
This perhaps should not come as a surprise given Haaland’s track record already given his desire to leave Dortmund after a relatively short stay and given the attention drawn from bigger fish in the continental pond. And with how well he has already performed for City, clubs the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus - bigger and more prestigious than the reigning Premier League dynasty - are sure to remain interested in his services for the foreseeable future.
Haaland nearly joined Madrid this summer before City narrowly beat out the Spanish giants on the back of the point system that Erling and Alfie utilized to choose his next destination, likely down to the fact that Karim Benzema was still firing on all cylinders in the Spanish capital. Two years from now, however, Benzema could well be on the downswing and Haaland could see the Santiago Bernabeu as an ideal location to move to if Alfie can be taken at his word.
For the time being, however, Haaland and City are prepared to clash with Manchester United this weekend as they look to stop Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils from continuing to gain steam in the league while hopefully hunting down Mikel Arteta’s high-flying Arsenal, who clash with Tottenham in a key North London Derby tomorrow morning.