Lewandowski backs Haaland
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has backed Erling Haaland to be a huge success, and praised the Norwegian forward for his quality and hunger to score goals.
The Polish striker even went as far as to say that Haaland could become the best striker in the world one day – a title many currently award to the 32-year-old.
“He’s a great player. He has huge potential. And he’s still very young,” Lewandowski said.
“If I see his face and how hungry he is to score goals. In the future, he has a chance to be the best striker in the world, for sure.
“But sometimes when everything is going well, it’s really not easy. But if you see him, he has scored so many goals and he’s so young.
Lewandowski, though, also quickly quashed the idea that Bayern Munich could attempt to replace him with the Norwegian forward:
“It’s great to play in the Bundesliga and it’s great to see a young player in this league and compare. He is the player who can be the best, but I want to play at the highest for many more years, so I am happy to be there where I am.”
Bayern have a history of poaching Dortmund’s best, with Lewandowski, along with the likes of Mats Hummels and Mario Götze, having come from BVB.
Larsson Dortmund’s replacement
Amid the widespread rumours circulating regarding Haaland, the most likely outcome appears to be that the 20-year-old will indeed depart Dortmund in the summer, to make a big-money move to a club before his buyout clause becomes active in 2022.
This would leave Borussia Dortmund with a lot of money to spend in their attempts to find a prospective replacement – of course a very difficult task considering the number of goals Haaland scores.
Considering the club’s creative presence in the form of Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Marco Reus, though, whoever Dortmund do bring in will be presented with a glut of opportunities to score.
One such name comes in the form of former Barcelona and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson’s son, Jordan. The Swede has been with Spartak Moscow in Russia since leaving his homeland in 2019.
He has scored 12 goals and recorded 5 assists in 23 matches this season, with Transfermarkt valuing the attacker at just over £8 million. Despite the huge sum of money Dortmund will likely receive for Haaland, the idea of again investing in a younger player and developing him would suit the style of the club.
West Ham are also credited with an interest in the 23-year-old.
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) April 8, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.