Jesse Marsch: Erling Haaland will be one of the worlds best players
Erling Haaland ‘can become one of the best in the world’ says his former coach at Red Bull Salzburg as Real Madrid line up a move for the Borusia Dortmund hotshot
- Erling Haaland will be one of the best players in the world and fun to watch…
- That is the view of his former coach at Red Bull Salzburg – Jesse Marsch
- Haaland has scored 12 goals in 11 games for Dortmund since leaving Salzburg
- It is understood he can leave Dortmund for £63m from next summer
- Real Madrid are starting transfer negotiations to secure his signature
Borussia Dortmund star and former Manchester United transfer target Erling Haaland has been tipped to become one of the hottest strikers on the planet by his old Red Bull Salzburg boss.
The 19-year-old forward will be ‘fun to watch in the coming years’ according to Jesse Marsch, who was in charge of Haaland until he left for Dortmund in January.
Haaland exploded on to the scene at Salzburg, racking up an astonishing 28 goals in 22 games in all competitions during the first half of the current campaign.
Erling Haaland has scored 12 goals in 11 games for Dortmund since arriving from Salzburg
Red Bull Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch says Haaland will become one of the best players in the world
And he hasn’t slowed down since making the step up from the Austrian Bundesliga to the German top flight.
Haaland scored 12 goals in 11 games for Dortmund before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season.
A release claus in his deal means he will be allowed to leave for £63m from next summer, and the expectation is that he will move once again.
Real Madrid are said to be approaching the young starlet imminently to negotiate a transfer before other clubs get the chance.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are looking to make Haaland an offer for next summer
A move to LaLiga would position Haaland on an even more prestigious stage than he is on right now, but American coach Marsch thinks he ready for the challenge.
‘First, his physical qualities, his speed, his power, he can get to top speed from like one step, his size, all of these things for me put him right away in the upper echelon of players. He’s got the potential to be one of the best players in the world,’ he told ESPN.
‘What makes Erling so special is his mentality,’ said Marsch.
Haaland scored nine goals in one game in the Under-20 World Cup and took no time off after
Marsch recalled a series of events around the Under-20 World Cup last year when Haaland scored nine goals in one game and decided to cut his downtime after the tournament short, returning to training with the Salzburg squad just six days after arriving home.
‘To start with, he was in the youth World Cup, he scored nine goals in one game. We gave every one of our players who had international obligations three weeks off before they were supposed to come with us. Erling had six days off and then said “no, I want to come to camp”.
‘Erling came to Salzburg last winter, he played one game in spring, so he had a lot of sitting on the bench. He was so keen to start proving himself, right away I knew this kid had ambition and grind.
‘In the first training sessions, you could see his competitiveness. He was often the first guy at training and the last one to leave. There were days when I had to tell him to go home and rest.
‘He’s fearless, he’s competitive, he’s got a drive to get better, he’s equipped with so many qualities that make him very different and special, along with the ability and pure talent, he’ll be fun to watch in the coming years, that’s for sure.’
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