On the 23rd of July last year, we published an analysis of a young player who was starting to make significant waves in football. That player was the young Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haland. At the time of writing the forward player was still playing his football with his boyhood club Molde, in his native Norway.
We ended the article by stating our hope that Haland would make a smart move when he left Molde as the giants of European football were circling and that it is all too easy for a young player to have his head turned. Thankfully we need not have been concerned. The young forward player did leave Norway but his move was to Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. In pure qualitative terms, you could argue that there is not much difference between the Norwegian Eliteserien and the Austrian Bundesliga but in terms of clubs, Red Bull Salzburg are on a whole other level.
Renowned for identifying, recruiting and developing young players Salzburg is the perfect platform for a player like Haland. With that said, however, there are already rumblings that the Norwegian may not be at the club for long with his performances so far this season only serving to attract more potential suitors.
Given the rate of development that we have seen from Haland over the last 15 months, we felt as though the time was right to write a fresh analysis of his game. In this tactical analysis, we will discuss the individual components that make Haland a special talent.
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