Erling Haaland is currently the hottest and most sort after property in world football. Top clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, etc. all want him. This because of his tender age of 20 and his current club Borussia Dortmund.
The Germans over the years have established a reputation as a selling club. Recently Haaland’s agent Mino Riola was spotted in Madrid and Barcelona as well. It is believed he was there to discuss a move for Haaland with the Spanish giants.
This could mean that the Premier League teams will find it difficult to sign him. Chelsea are in need of a striker after Timo Werner woes. Manchester United’s Anthony Martial is not convincing enough. While for Manchester City, Aguero is leaving the club.
All these Premier League clubs need a new striker. Haaland could be out of reach for these clubs. It is possible that he might choose the Spanish clubs over the Premier League teams. Thus for the English teams, there is a need to look for alternatives.
Daka will be Haaland’s alternative for Chelsea and Manchester United:
When Haaland left RB Salzburg no one really noticed who was signed by the Austrian side to replace him. However, now clubs across Europe are now taking interest in Patson Daka. The Zambian has been compared to Samuel Eto and Sadio Mane as well.
Since Haaland’s departure, he has very well taken over the goalscoring duties. This season he has already scored 32 goals in all competitions. The 22-year-old could be available for $20 million this summer itself. It is a similar figure Salzburg asked for Erling Haaland.
However, it is less than what Dortmund are demanding for Erling Haaland. Daka is known for his work rate and energy. He has good off-the-ball movement and he is comfortable with both feet. Though he is yet to be tested in a competitive league like England, Germany, Spain, or Italy.
Recently he even scored an eight-minute hartrick against Stum Graz. So far there has only been one league game in which he hasn’t been able to score a goal. Though he may not be on the same level as Haaland but he can be an excellent alternative considering his price tag.
12th Man Opinion:
If he is available for $20 million then it is a good deal. It is not a lot of money and the player has shown good scoring ability. It implies that he is a good finisher. Now the only thing that is left to how consistent he is in a competitive league.
It is understandable that a top Premier League team can’t take the risk of making him their No.1 striker so soon. However, he can be signed by a club and then loaned out in a competitive league. Daka can be sent on two different loan spells. This will help him to improve his game.
Some part of the $20 million can be recovered from the loan fees. If he performs well then he can become a part of the first team. In case if he isn’t able to do well then he can be sold. This way the money invested in him can be recouped.
While for Chelsea, they already have Tammy Abraham who is on a level above Daka. It is the Manchester clubs who could sign him. The likes of Everton and Arsenal have also shown interest in signing him as well.