#sports activities Liverpool and Arsenal ‘missed out on Erling Haaland after narrowing him down as a target man’
Former chief scout at Molde, John Vik, has recalled the second he noticed Erling Haaland throughout coaching and realised the potential he had and has urged that prime Premier League golf equipment missed out on the striker.
Haaland was at Molde between 2017 and 2019 earlier than he ultimately left for Austrian facet RB Salzburg, however at the moment, Vik has admitted that he and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was the Molde boss tried to alert Manchester United to his potential.
He instructed The Athletic: ‘I keep in mind at some point once I was watching Erling prepare. He had been with us seven or eight months, he was coaching actually laborious and he had grow to be a part of the squad. I walked down to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was Molde’s supervisor, and I stated, “You have to call Manchester United, mate – this is unreal what we are looking at.”
Erling Haaland (left) performed beneath ex-Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (proper)
‘Me and Ole understood that this child was so good we weren’t going to have the ability to maintain him. Ole agreed with completely all the things. “I will put a phone call in”, he stated, “they need to hear about this kid”.
‘We had buddies at United. I used to work intently with United, within the early 2000s, and many of the guys I knew had gone. But Ole was Ole. “For God’s sake”, I stated, “call Nicky Butt (then United’s head of academy), or call somebody, because this kid is”.
‘This was even earlier than Erling had actually began to play for Molde correctly. Ole put the telephone name in. So the identify was put in. Then, how or whether or not United adopted it up, I do not know.’
United didn’t comply with by way of a full a switch to signal Haaland, as he went to Salzburg and then Bundesliga facet Borussia Dortmund the place he proved he may make the step up, and now he’s starring within the Premier League with Manchester City following a summer season swap price £51million.
John Vik says Haaland (pictured) was scouted by Liverpool and Arsenal when he was at Molde
Vik introduced Haaland to Molde and believed that he would transfer on to greater and higher issues in his profession, however he needed to inform scouts from Premier League sides together with Liverpool and Arsenal to not decide him as a target man as a result of his top.
He stated: ‘I believe they (the English scouts) checked out him as a target man as a result of he was so large.
‘I saved telling them, “He’s not a target man – if you’re going to judge him that way, you’re going to be disappointed”, I keep in mind one event when the group have been out in Spain.
‘I used to be with a few of my colleagues from Premier League golf equipment and I keep in mind saying, “I have to repeat myself, guys, don’t judge him as a target man, you have to look beyond that. He runs in between, he chases space, he’s fantastic in the box, he’s that kind of player”.
Haaland did depart Molde however as a substitute of transferring to England he joined Austrian facet RB Salzburg
‘I used to be considering to myself, “Am I the guy who is getting it wrong? Am I seeing this the wrong way?”. But there has at all times been this notion with some English golf equipment that a striker must look a sure manner, and that a centre-half must look a sure manner, and you want a sure body for a sure position.
‘When they have been seeing a large striker like Erling, they have been seeing a target man and I believe they forgot to have a look at what else he may do.
“Liverpool could have got him. Arsenal could have got him. Everyone was there to watch him but these clubs were seeing a No 9 who was tall and broad and, “Oh, he will be a target man”. I could not for the lifetime of me see why that they had narrowed him down that manner.
Liverpool have been one of many golf equipment to have scouted Haaland however judged him as a target man
‘I did not like him along with his again in direction of the aim and, on the time, he could not actually head the ball. I appreciated it when he turned spherical, when he chased into pockets, when he ran between the traces, his motion within the field. He did not wish to maintain the ball up, he simply needed to show and go.
‘There might be a lot of golf equipment kicking themselves as a result of we are able to all see now what he’s good at.’
While these golf equipment might remorse their selections remodeled Haaland, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola might be glad they held again their curiosity as he has already proved able to performing in England’s prime flight.
Haaland has began his City profession in sensible vogue, scoring 12 targets in seven video games in all competitions.
Haaland has began his Manchester City profession effectively as he has been prolific in entrance of aim