Manchester City have one of the best combinations of strikers in the land with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at their disposal, but with Aguero now into his thirties it’s time for Pep Guardiola to scout the market for a potential replacement.
It’s certainly too soon for City to think too seriously about replacing the electric Argentine as he has started the season with an intensity which suggests he has plenty more in the locker, but his time at the Etihad will inevitably come to an end.
The signing of Jesus has provided City with a young player who has the potential to become a club great, but he cannot be expected to single-handedly spearhead the attack once Aguero embarks on a new chapter.
Indeed, Guardiola will need to venture into the market to sign a new centre-forward with the ability to thrive in the Premier League.
Whether City would prefer to fork out an extortionate fee for a proven prolific forward or trust in the potential of an unproven talent remains to be seen, but if they are willing to consider the latter option there is absolutely no doubt they should have their eye on Erling Haland.
Haland’s father, namely Alf-Inge Haland, played for Man City between 2000 and 2003 following 3 years at Leeds United between 1997 and 2000 in which he established a strong personal rivalry with no other than Roy Keane.
Unlike his father who was a tough-tackling central midfield player, Erling Haland is a physical but technically gifted centre-forward with the potential to blossom into one of Europe’s most devastating attacking players.
The 18-year-old striker has already notched 9 goals and provided 4 assists this season from 11 starts for Molde in Norway’s top-flight and his performances have earned him a £3.6 million switch to RB Salzburg – a deal which will go through on January 1st 2019.
It’s absolutely no surprise that Salzburg have forked out for the 18-year-old as his value is almost certainly set to rise at an exponential rate in the coming years.
Combining a 6ft 3in frame with a direct style of dribbling, close control, speed and domineering strength, Haland has all of the necessary attributes to become a complete centre-forward, and if he manages to impress at Salzburg there’s no doubt he will attract plenty of interest from some of Europe’s big clubs.
Haland is one worth watching for City’s scouting network when they begin their mission to identify a perfect replacement for Aguero, and his links with the club from his fathers playing career could give Guardiola a slight advantage over the competition.
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