While the summer transfer window has not opened yet, some clubs have been able to make deals with other clubs for players that will take effect when the window opens on Friday, June 10 for England and July 1 for other leagues in Europe. One deal that has already been completed and is just waiting for the windows to open so that the player can join his new club, is Erling Haaland joining Manchester City for €51 million from German club Dortmund.
Haaland, at only 21-years-old, is already one of the best strikers in the world and is joining a club that has one the Premier League four out of the last five years. Over those five years, City have only gotten better, sporting the best side in England with Liverpool the only other team to win a Premier League title in the last five seasons.
This past year, Liverpool took City down to the last game, but a three goal outburst in only five minutes ended up securing them the title with a win over Aston Villa. This past season, City accumulated a whopping 93 points without a true number nine, employing a 4-3-3 with a false nine most of the season. Players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Rihad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all slotted into the nine position this past season despite not being a natural striker.
However, the addition of Haaland gives City their first true striker since club legend Sergio Agueo left over a year ago. Haaland is currently better than Aguero was at the end of his career and is one of the most clinical strikers in the world. The 21-year-old Norwegian scored 22 goals and pitched in eight assists in 24 games for Dortmund in the Bundesliga this past season. He was scoring at close to a goal-per-game rate.
Haaland is not just a one season wonder either, scoring 27 goals for Dortmund in the Bundesliga in 28 games the 2020-21 season and in winter 2020 after he secured his transfer to Dortmund from RB Salzburg he scored 13 Bundesliga goals in 15 games.
Now, the clinical Norwegian gets to receive passes from players of the likes of De Bruyne and Silva, some of the most creative players on the planet. Given this, the few games City struggles to get a result or drops a few points, could be changed now that they have Haaland. One game that comes to mind was the first game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur where Manchester City had 66% possession and 14 shots. City played a 4-3-3 with Ferran Torres (who does not play for City anymore) as the false nine. Play Haaland as the nine in that game and City likely comes out on top.
By adding Haaland, City strengthened one of their biggest weaknesses. The addition of Haaland will not only bring a third straight Premier League title home to the Etihad but will lead to their second 100+ point season since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016.