Connect with us


Premier League clubs missed out on one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe..

Champions League Premier League Premiership of Scotland Teams from Europe MANY Premier League clubs scouted Erling Haaland while he was still playing for Molde. Premier League clubs break the £1.9 billion transfer record. Invalid We use your sign-up to deliver content in ways you’ve agreed to and to better understand you. Based on our understanding, this may include advertisements from us and third parties. You have the option to unsubscribe at any time. More information It has been revealed that scouts from Arsenal and Liverpool both went to watch Erling Haaland as a youngster but were disappointed by his playing style and turned him down. At Manchester City, the Norwegian is now a Ballon d’Or contender. Haaland has scored ten goals in six Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, putting to rest speculation that he would require time to adjust to life in England. The striker was signed for around £63 million this summer, and if he can bring European trophies to the Etihad Stadium, he will be worth every penny. However, Haaland’s story could have been very different if those who traveled to Molde as a teenager to scout him when he was just breaking into the first team had been more thorough in their analysis. According to ex-Molde chief scout John Vik, numerous clubs were made aware of Haaland but profiled him as a target man and thus chose not to sign him. “I think they (the English scouts) looked at him as a target man because he was so big,” he explained. I kept telling them, ‘He’s not a target man; if you judge him that way, you’ll be disappointed.’ JUST IN: Rio Ferdinand discusses the Alexander-Arnold and Matip issues in Ajax’s victory. Haaland has arrived in City in fine form. “I recall one occasion when the team was in Spain. I was with some Premier League colleagues when I said, ‘I have to repeat myself, guys, don’t judge him as a target man, you have to look beyond that.’ He runs between the lines, he chases space, he’s great in the box, he’s that type of player.’ “ Liverpool had a chance to sign him. Arsenal had a chance to sign him. Everyone was watching him, but these clubs saw a tall and broad No. 9 and thought, ‘Oh, he’s going to be a target man.’ I couldn’t figure out why they had narrowed him down that way.” DON’T FORGET… Liverpool defeats Ajax as an unsung hero shines once more for Jurgen Klopp. If Liverpool pursues Valverde again, they may have an advantage. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has an excellent opportunity to develop his own ‘Xabi Alonso.’ At Molde, several clubs scouted Haaland. Manchester United were also made aware of Haaland’s potential, with then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calling the club to inform them that they had a top prospect on their hands. Whether Haaland would have developed as well as he has by making the move from Molde to the Premier League so early in his career remains unknown. The 22-year-old played 48 times for the Norwegian club before joining Salzburg, where his electric form in the Champions League drew the attention of Borussia Dortmund, among others, and the rest is history. If he can maintain his red-hot form and avoid a ‘purple patch,’ which is unlikely, he will undoubtedly enter the conversation as one of the best No 9’s the league has ever seen, much to the chagrin of those who missed out on him previously. Articles Related to A 13-year-old Northern Irish boy has become the youngest UK footballer ever. Manchester United is ‘likely’ to raid Brighton and derail Chelsea’s transfer plans. Arsenal and Tottenham players have had their ratings raised ahead of FIFA 23.

Must See

More in Arsenal