Record-breaking Haaland and Kane alternative could bring Champions League glory to Man City – Alex Brotherton

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You’ve probably noticed this by now, but if you support Manchester City, you will hear the phrases ‘forward goal’ and ‘number nine’ a lot before the season is over.

Much has been said about City’s inability to sign Harry Kane, their number one transfer target over the summer, and mixed fortunes ahead of the goal this season have reinforced belief that Pep Guardiola’s side is likely. to do He needs to sign a striker.

Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland is at the top of many fans’ wish lists, but salary demands and manager fees will make any deal astronomically expensive.

According to this sports pictureDortmund designated Haaland as a substitute when they inevitably lost to Ajax striker Sebastien Haller. It’s an outside bet, but City could do much worse than signing Haller.

Yes, we know what you’re thinking. Haller was a West Ham ‘flop’, right? After Hammers paid £45m to Eintracht Frankfurt in July 2019, Haller has indeed endured a tough 18-month spell in London.

The Ivory Coast national football player made a great attack in Germany with names such as Ante Rebic, Filip Kostic and Luka Jovic, but only scored 14 goals in 54 matches at the London Stadium.

However, since West Ham signed him to Ajax earlier in the year, he has reinvented his goal-scoring ability and has netted 27 times in just 40 games.

Sébastien Haller had a terrible time at West Ham

While the 27-year-old was impressed by the Eredivisie, his successes in European competition made headlines. Haller set a tournament record by scoring five goals in the first two Champions League games of his career, and has since become the fifth player to score in each of his first four games in tournament history.

It’s nice to score a goal, but does it suit City?

Haller has a significant advantage in offending Haaland and Kane, because he’s already playing on a Cruyff-style team.

After years of lacking a football identity, coach Erik ten Hag has returned Ajax to their track and introduced his own take on the style of football that Johan Cruyff established at the club decades ago.

Sebastien Haller recently scored against Borussia Dortmund without Erling Haaland.

Ajax plays football based on an attractive pass and ball with wide players and offensive midfielders involved in creating chances. A system that Haller has clearly evolved is a sign City might be interested in.

As a student of Cruyff, Guardiola’s football ideals and tactics are more in line with those of Cruyff than any other manager. When Pep was the head coach at Bayern Munich, Ten Hag was the head of the B team. It’s a way of somehow explaining the similarities in the styles of their current teams, and it shows that Haller won’t have too much trouble adjusting to Pep’s demands.

While it’s true that Haller is probably not at the elite level of Haaland or Kane, a fact that could deter City, it doesn’t seem like it will take as long as the other two to adapt to life under Guardiola.

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Also, unlike Haaland and Kane, he’s not a ready-made superstar. Given that City doesn’t tend to spend £100m+ on already world-renowned talent, Haller may be better suited to their recruiting strategy.

Considering his European record, Guardiola and City’s desperation to win the Champions League, maybe it’s worth a gamble.

Of course, the most important thing is whether Haller can score or not. Some may have reservations given his struggles at West Ham, but at Ajax he shows he can be an elite striker given the right support and system.

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