Speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, Jan Aage Fjortoft discussed the future of Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland and the player’s ties to Leeds United.
Since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in what was an £18 million deal back in January, Haaland has proved a revelation for the Bundesliga side, scoring a remarkable 27 goals over his 29 appearances for the club.
Last season, the £72 million-rated 20-year-old scored 13 goals and provided two assists over his 15 league appearances, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.45/10, while this season, the Norway international already has six goals and two assists to his name over his six Bundesliga appearances, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.75.
Haaland was one subject of conversation on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, in which Fabrizio Romano questioned Fjortoft as to where he saw the player moving in the future, to which he said:
“It’s anyone’s guess, I think, where he will end up. I think that he will never retire before he has played in England. He was born in England. Not for [Manchester] United, but for Leeds United – his dad [played] for Leeds United. But I can’t see that [in] the short term that he’s going there.”
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TIF Thoughts on Jan Aage Fjortoft’s comments regarding Erling Haaland’s future…
From Fjortoft’s comments, unfortunately for Leeds fans, the former footballer does not see Haaland following in his father’s footsteps and signing for the club any time soon – which perhaps will not come as a great surprise to many.
However, Fjortoft does say that he believes the striker will not retire before playing in England, which keeps the dream of Haaland moving to Leeds somewhat alive, although, in our opinion, considering the quality the 20-year-old possesses having made his way to the heights of European football already, it could be argued that he would be more likely to join another of his father’s former clubs, Manchester City, before making the move to Elland Road.