Norwegian star Haaland turned 20 in July and has already established himself as one of the best snipers in German football.
Haaland backs Youssoufa Moukoko
Erling Haaland was a teen sensation but warned the Bundesliga that there was an even more prodigious young talent ready to break through Borussia Dortmund. Norwegian star Haaland turned 20 in July and has already established himself as one of the best snipers in German football. His 13 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances since arriving mid-season from Red Bull Salzburg was amid a total score of 44 goals in 40 appearances split between the two clubs. Haaland will be BVB’s chief goal threat in the new campaign, but Youssoufa Moukoko has a role to play. He is 15 and has been a revelation at the youth level and training with Dortmund’s first team in the recently concluded 2019-20 campaign.
He’s much better than Haaland when he was 15
This week at their training ground in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, he is in the Dortmund team and will be eligible to perform in senior football when he turns 16 on November 20. Haaland said: “He is much better than me when I was 15. Trains at Borussia Dortmund and holds on. I was at my home club, Bryne FK when I was 15”. Cameroonian striker Moukoko played for the German national team under the age of 16 and also played for Dortmund in the Under-19 Bundesliga and the UEFA Youth League. Haaland suggested that it was best not to pressure the prodigy. “But it’s tough when he’s so good,” The Norwegian striker said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a teenager so good”. Dortmund have said they expect Jadon Sancho to stay with the club next season, amid keen attentiveness from Manchester United.
The Red Devils are looking to build a side to challenge Bayern Munich and Moukoko’s appearance in the coming seasons may be necessary. It is likely Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, who holds the key to the squad’s success next term, should stay with BVB. Haaland added: “As a footballer, I want to win things, of course. If we improve from last year, we also have a great chance of getting hold of something in the end.”