Erling Haaland’s £51 million transfer is a major victory for Manchester City

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Erling Haaland warming up during a Borussia Dortmund practice.

Ethan K.

Erling Haaland is arguably the best young talent in all of soccer. His incredible Bundesliga and international success have proved him to be one of the top players in the world despite being just 21 years old. Tuesday, the transfer of him from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City was announced and confirmed, with the Norwegian set to join the club in the summer. With just a £51 million transfer fee (SI.com), this is a massive success for City and should prove helpful in their quest of Champions League glory.

While Manchester City will most likely win the Premier League this season (barring an unexpected dropping of points versus Aston Villa), they have struggled in international competitions, such as the famed UEFA Champions League. Haaland can help change that. Although the 6’4″ striker has dealt with some injuries at Dortmund, his massive size and incredible play throughout all competitions make this move worthwhile. Haaland has constantly come up clutch for Dortmund, scoring a plethora of goals “at the death.” His track record of injuries could be worrisome for City, but Haaland’s talent and potential makes it hard for me to see this move failing.

The only knock on this move is that City have brought in a multitude of strikers and offensive threats already, making it seem like a major waste of money considering their ultimate signing of Haaland. However, if they can replace their monetary losses by selling Jack Grealish or Gabriel Jesus (whose spot in the starting XI may be taken by Haaland), then this move works perfectly.

As mentioned above, Haaland is insanely talented and has a massive potential. With the Norwegian national team, Haaland once scored nine goals in one match, proving his incredible scoring capabilities. He has a great header, has a phenomenal right foot and a powerful shot. At a top English club like City, I have no doubt in my mind that he will lead his squad to a bundle of success in both domestic and international competitions.