I’d become Erling Haaland’s worst nightmare if I played against him, says Martin Keown

MARTIN KEOWN TALKS TACTICS: How would I address Man City’s Erling Haaland? By turning into his worst nightmare! The Norwegian man mountain is a real No 9 however defenders can unsettle him by being bodily and ravenous him of service

  • I’d have cherished to have examined myself in opposition to Man City striker Erling Haaland 
  • It’s essential for defenders to go in arduous on the Norwegian and unsettle him  
  • West Ham are first up in opposition to Haaland and they should lower the availability to him  

Every centre again in England may have Erling Haaland marked of their black guide as a private problem. I’d have cherished to have examined myself in opposition to this man-mountain who’s a real No 9 in each sense because of his energy, tempo and poise.

Haaland seems to be like an sincere competitor — somebody with the brute power to deal with himself and gained’t be dropping down simply underneath strain from defenders — and I like that. Whenever I confronted a big-name signing who was new to England, that first contact was key — that’s when you may say: ‘Welcome to the Premier League.’

One participant who stands out is Gianluca Vialli when he signed for Chelsea in 1996. People gave the impression to be speaking about him night time and day, and I couldn’t wait to make that first problem. I’ve needed to apologise to Gianluca ever since — he is a good man — and in addition apologize to a complete host of different Premier League strikers, too!

Man City forward Erling Haaland will be a real handful this season but he's not unstoppable

Man City ahead Erling Haaland might be an actual handful this season however he is not unstoppable

I'd love to have challenged myself against him and I'd use my physicality to make him unsettled

I’d like to have challenged myself in opposition to him and I’d use my physicality to make him unsettled

If I used to be dealing with Haaland this weekend I’d undertake the ways that labored for me throughout my profession. I’d embrace the physicality — I used to go in arduous in my tackles early on. I would even give him a bit nip within the again as an annoying reminder of my presence.

He must know I’m as robust as him, as fast as him and as aggressive as him and that he’ll need to work to win each ball in opposition to me. You need to be his worst nightmare and ensure he is aware of that he’s in for a serious battle every time we meet. If he leaves considering he’s had a straightforward afternoon, it should worsen each time you play him.

Haaland will convey a distinct dynamic to City. There was one second throughout final weekend’s Community Shield after we noticed a flash of what he’ll convey.

It's up to David Moyes and West Ham to bottle him up as they face him in the first league game

It’s as much as David Moyes and West Ham to bottle him up as they face him within the first league recreation

Bernardo Silva had no choice however to play a hopeful cross in the direction of Haaland. He chested down a tough ball, outmuscled and outpaced Andy Robertson and, regardless of being underneath strain, customary a shot to check Adrian. That is what can occur if you feed this 6ft 5in star and what occurred to the spectacular Robertson is sure to occur to some others this yr.

City punish opponents with passes and if they will’t get at you down one aspect, they’ll recycle the ball and check out the opposite. It’s how they’ve been programmed with their use of a false 9 during the last two seasons.

But now, they’ve received this buccaneering warrior down the center who they merely should serve. There had been events through the Community Shield when City’s gamers may have gone immediately into the massive man however didn’t, which might have annoyed Haaland.

He gained’t be doing what Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan or Kevin De Bruyne did once they had been performing as false nines and dropping deep to participate within the one-touch, two-touch soccer. He’ll keep excessive, central, and near aim to make himself a handful for Premier League centre backs.

Haaland gets angry when he doesn't get the ball so the Hammers need to starve him of service

Haaland will get indignant when he does not get the ball so the Hammers must starve him of service

City’s gamers are so clever in the best way they play, it gained’t take lengthy for them to begin offering Haaland with the service he wants. They’ll be taught that they don’t at all times need to make 10, 20, 30 passes to carve out an opportunity once they can go straight into their striker.

Liverpool are ferocious pressers so the Community Shield was at all times going to be a problem for the Norwegian — particularly when he wasn’t totally match after a restricted pre-season and immediately dealing with the Premier League’s greatest defensive partnership in Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Next it’s the flip of West Ham’s defenders to attempt to bottle him up. At Dortmund, Haaland would have grow to be indignant when his team-mates didn’t give him the ball. Because he’s new to City, it might be a bit early for that. But given his talent set, Haaland will quickly begin making his presence felt within the City dressing room.

It’s all the way down to the central defenders to discover a approach to cease him and we must always see some thrilling battles this season.