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TT Introduces: Erling Braut Haland

Leeds United’s search for a new striker continues with plenty of rumours circulating regarding a handful of potential candidates, but there is reason to suggest that a youngster from Norway could be a surprise package to consider this summer.

Caicedo, Vydra, Bounedjah, Hernandez and Mbakogu have all been linked with a switch to Elland Road this summer, but as of yet the club seem no closer to agreeing a deal.

Away from Leeds in Scandinavia, a young player with ties to the Yorkshire club is making waves in the Norwegian Eliteserien, namely Erling Braut Haland of Molde FK – son of Alf-Inge.

Alf-Inge Haland  injured Roy Keane in 1997 when he played for Leeds United with a challenge which left Roy Keane with a nasty knee-injury. Four years later Keane would famously exact revenge on the midfielder in a Manchester derby after Haland had made the switch from Leeds to Man City.

Haland was unfortunately forced to retire early just two years later and cited Keane’s challenge as the reason for his decision.

After enduring a bitter end to his career, Alf-Inge will be hoping for a much brighter future for his 17-year-old son who is becoming to attract attention for his performances in Norway.

Erling Braut endured a slow beginning to the season, but his most recent performances suggest he is a natural goal-machine simply waiting to be unearthed.

Away at the league-leaders SK Brann, Haland starred in a 4-0 victory for Molde by notching all 4 goals in the space of a pulsating 21 minutes.

And Haland followed up his match-winning performance with another 2 goals and an assist in a 5-1 thumping over Valerenga.

With a record as prolific as that it’s no wonder that Haland has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but he still has plenty of work to do to earn a move to England’s top-flight.

Haland is a young player making his first steps into senior football so a move to Leeds is certainly far from realisitc at this moment in time, however, his recent form suggests his development is worth monitoring as his father’s influence could ultimately convince him to move to England in the future.

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