Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is arguably the most in-demand player on the planet at the moment, with Manchester City seemingly one of the clubs willing to pay the excessive fee required to prise him away from the Bundesliga this summer.
The 20-year-old sensation has been regularly linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s side arguably in need of a clinical striker in their side, especially if they lose club legend Sergio Aguero in the summer when his contract expires.
The Norwegian boasts a phenomenal goal record with RB Salzburg and Dortmund in his career thus far and is perhaps regarded by a lot of City fans as the ideal man to take Guardiola’s side to the next level in the coming years.
However, whilst the £99m-rated striker can come off as slightly robotic in his attitude to scoring goals and playing football, particularly in post-match interviews, his latest display emphasises that he is in fact human and therefore capable of mistakes, as he endured a nightmare display for Norway against Gibraltar earlier this week.
As per SofaScore, the wonderkid earned a shocking 5.1 match rating for his display, which was the worst of any player who featured in the game.
He was foiled on a number of occasions by Gibraltar goalkeeper Dayle Coleing, who seemingly made it his personal mission to deny Haaland a goal by pulling off a remarkable 12 saves during the 90 minutes.
His last game with Dortmund before the international break was also a source of controversy, as he rescued a point for BVB with a late equaliser, which was his second goal of the match, before storming down the tunnel.
This makes you wonder whether the striker would be the saviour City are looking for ahead of next season, as whilst he would undoubtedly score plenty of goals for the Citizens, you could argue that he seems more concerned with scoring himself than winning at times.
His performance against Gibraltar also emphasised that, when he isn’t scoring, he doesn’t offer too much from a build-up perspective, as he managed no key passes, no dribbles and just 10 passes during his time on the pitch, which again doesn’t seem suited to the type of striker Guardiola would want.
Therefore, when you consider the fact that Dortmund reportedly want €180m (£154m) for Haaland this summer, the Norwegian may not be the saviour to City’s centre-forward problems next season.