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Borussia Dortmund Star Set To Join Manchester City Next Season: What Will He Bring To The Etihad?

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From recent reports, Manchester Evening News have confirmed that the Dortmund Star forward Erling Haaland will be joining Manchester City ahead of next season. It has also been mentioned that the Sky Blues have agreed to a transfer deal worth £51m.

Sergio Aguero’s exit in the last transfer window left a void that required to be filled. The reigning champions head into a season where they will be defending the Premier League title and hope to pick up European silverware.

After Pep Guardiola missed out on Harry Kane last summer, the Sky Blues’ boss had prioritised the signing of a striker in the next transfer window. Borussia Dortmund star Haaland was targeted as the new number nine for the English side. After a busy few months where they were in talks with Borussia Dortmund regarding their main man, it now seems they’ve come to a solution regarding their striker problem.

Haaland’s Impressive Run Of Form For Borussia Dortmund This Season

The Norwegian forward’s prolific form this season has captured attention from right across Europe. He remains one of the deadliest strikers in the world, evident by his impressive numbers. The star forward has scored 29 goals and created 7 assists over 30 appearances across all fronts.

The 21-year-old has looked to impress with an awe-inspiring tally averaging 3.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game, proving he is an offensive threat in the final third. However, he has been poor in distributing the ball making 71.3% of his attempted passes in German top-flight football. (Stats via whoscored)

Erling Haaland linked to Manchester City
STUTTGART, GERMANY – APRIL 08: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 08, 2022, in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

What Can The Striker Bring To Manchester City In The Next Season?

Haaland remains one of the best clinical finishers in the world and has proven himself by consistently scoring in German football this season. He has the pace to get in behind the opposition but is only a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet. He can even set up a few decent chances for others around him and deserves credit for chipping in with a few assists over the past season.

However, the Norwegian international has got to find a way to improve on his passing if he wants to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s style of play at the Etihad.

At 21, he has already shown his calibre with many mind-blowing performances but regarding the areas he lacks, the youngster has plenty of room to improve given he does not fall victim to injuries.

We can expect the talented individual to add a lot of goals to Pep Guardiola‘s frontline. Furthermore, he could offer a lot of competition which will improve the quality of the squad. Thus, the fans can expect Erling Haaland to help the Etihad Club defend the Premier League title and reach their targets for European football next season.

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