The 20-year-old’s sensational form has been impossible to ignore and means Dortmund will have a battle on their hands to keep him.
Lothar Matthaus believes Erling Haaland hasn’t reached his true potential yet and fears it is only a matter of time before he leaves Borussia Dortmund for ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’.
The 20-year-old has recovered from a torn muscle fiber, having played in each of Dortmund’s two games in 2021 so far, and took his tally for the season up to 12 goals by scoring twice in last weekend’s 3-1 win over RB Leipzig.
Haaland has already scored 25 goals in as many Bundesliga games. Even Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann was impressed, describing the Norwegian’s feat as ‘truly extraordinary’. He also suggested there is still room for improvement.
And, like Nagelsmann, Matthaus is amazed by Haaland.
“Haaland is the face of Dortmund and I believe that he is not yet at his peak, but will learn. He has a life plan that is fully focused on football,” the German and Bayern Munich legend wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“He’s a machine. A hurricane that blows you over. For me, he’s sensational at 20 years of age.
“At some point, he will play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. But I hope that Dortmund and the Bundesliga will enjoy him for a few more years.
“What he does with his size, dynamism, strength, and passion on the pitch is madness. Technically, too, he scored two goals in an outstanding manner.
“He’s a machine. Wow.”