Haaland: The striker every team needs

18 May 2020

Erling Haaland is one of the hottest properties in football.

The 19-year-old demonstrated his goalscoring ability once again as Borussia Dortmund beat Schalke 4-0 on Saturday.

The keys to his game

– Crosses into the box

A good striker will try to move his marker about to create space in the penalty area.

Haaland does this with efficiency, making one run to take a defender with him before changing direction at the last minute to run into space.

In this pocket of space he has created, the forward can finish from a pass or cross that comes his way.

This particular trait would be useful for a team looking to sign a poacher to score goals inside the penalty area.

– Attacking movement

Haaland likes to play on the shoulders of opposition defenders and take advantage of the space left in behind them.

In order to be success at this kind of move, the striker has to look to see if his teammate is in a position to put the ball in behind, see if there’s enough space between the defence and the goalkeeper and time his run to perfection.

This trait would be useful against a team who are playing with a high line.

– More attacking movement

Haaland isn’t just a great goalscorer but a great assister too.

He draws defenders towards him before laying the ball off to a teammate who might be in a better position than him.

This trait would be useful for a team looking for good link-up between their attacking players.

– Pressing

The striker is often charged with defending from the front and Haaland knows where and when to put pressure on the ball.

This trait is useful for a team looking to press high up the pitch to force mistakes.

Summary of analysis

– Moving defenders one way and changing direction at the last minute to finish a chance.

– Running in behind opposition defences to create one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper.

– Drawing defenders towards you before passing to a teammate in space.

– Knowing where and when to put pressure on the ball when the opposition have it.

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