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Bundesliga Striker Open To Joining Chelsea This Summer: What Will He Add To Tuchel’s Side?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is open to joining Chelsea this summer. It is understood that the Blues have already begun talks with the German giants over a potential move for the Norwegian frontman in this off-season (via The Daily Mail).

Haaland’s Outstanding Form At Signal Iduna Park 

Haaland continued to flourish as one of the best goal-scorers in European football last season when he put in several match-winning displays as the spearhead of Dortmund’s attack. The Leeds-born talent banged in 41 goals and secured 12 assists in 41 matches for his current employers in the previous campaign across all fronts.

The 20-year-old proved his worth as a consistent performer in the final third after he averaged 3.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game in the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign. However, he needs to work on improving his accuracy when linking up play with others around him, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 72.7% in the German top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Haaland has been an unstoppable force in Germany, so he could now be tempted with a chance to sign for the reigning UEFA Champions League winners which will help him further his development and challenge for some major silverware in the coming seasons.

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What Will The Norway International Add To Thomas Tuchel’s Team?

Haaland is blessed with blistering pace which he can use to leave his marker to bite the dust in the attacking end of the field. The Norwegian sensation has a stellar goal-scoring record at Dortmund which goes to just how lethal he can be in front of the opponent’s goal. Standing at 1.94m, he is a towering presence up top who can dominate his marker in the air and net a few important goals for his side via headers.

The talented frontman can also contribute by picking up his fair share of assists and is getting better at beating the offside trap when making runs in behind the opposition backline. At 20, Haaland is a generational talent and has the ceiling to become the best player of this decade if he can continue to score goals at such a high rate in European football.

Therefore, recruiting the 12-time Norway international will be an incredible coup for the Blues this summer. We can expect Haaland to add plenty of pace, power and dynamism to Tuchel’s frontline. More importantly, he will bring a lot of goals and assists to Chelsea’s attacking department as well that might help them maintain their stranglehold in Europe over the next few years.

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