Revealed Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019 IST
Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious within the Erling Haaland switch saga as they confirmed his seize from Salzburg on Sunday, seemingly beating Manchester United, Juventus and different main golf equipment to the Norwegian.
The 19-year-old had emerged as a supreme expertise this season with the Austrian champions, starring of their home Bundesliga and within the Champions League.
In all competitions, Norway worldwide Haaland scored 28 targets in 22 matches this season previous to affirmation of his impending switch.
He’s the most recent in a formidable line of younger gamers developed and bought on by Salzburg, following on from Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Amadou Haidara, Dayot Upamecano and Takumi Minamino, whose January transfer to Liverpool was additionally confirmed this month.
However who’re the subsequent potential stars on the Salzburg manufacturing line? We requested Austrian soccer professional Simon Clark…
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Patson Daka, 21 – Ahead
With Haaland’s scoring prowess no lengthy one thing Salzburg can depend on, there can be added onus on Daka – fortunately, the 21-year-old Zambian is already in electrical kind with 14 targets in 17 league video games.
“He is quick and robust and has glorious motion off the ball, with late runs into the field his forte,” Clark instructed Omnisport. “He also can play off the shoulder of the final defender and beat them for tempo in one-on-one battles. He may want some enchancment finishing-wise, however on this Salzburg crew likelihood is aplenty.”
Karim Adeyemi, 17 – Ahead
Every little thing factors to Adeyemi making Salzburg a major amount of cash sooner or later. Having slipped via the web at Bayern Munich – reportedly owing to punctuality points – he discovered his technique to Salzburg by way of Unterhaching in 2018, apparently costing nearly €3.5million as a 16-year-old.
“He isn’t even made a aggressive look for the Salzburg first crew, however has been linked with Barcelona,” Clark commented. In truth, stories even claimed Barca had a €15m bid rejected for Adeyemi. “He is already among the many prime three highest-valued gamers within the Salzburg set-up.”
Presently impressing on mortgage within the second tier, Adeyemi is properly on observe to develop into the subsequent ‘generational expertise’ to return via Salzburg’s system.
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Antoine Bernede, 20 – Midfielder
It was seen as a coup when Salzburg signed Bernede – then 19 – from Paris Saint-Germain in February, having emerged as one in every of their extra promising children. Though damage curtailed him earlier this season, the French midfielder has vital potential.
“For my part, Bernede was one in every of Salzburg’s finest gamers within the early a part of the season earlier than a horrible tibia fracture in opposition to LASK in September,” Clark surmised. “He orchestrated the Salzburg midfield and was completely sensational within the first Champions League match in opposition to Genk. He is an engine in midfield, has glorious positional consciousness and breaks up assaults very properly. [Coach Jesse] Marsch makes use of him because the deep-lying midfielder, and sometimes kickstarts assaults with cross-field passes.”
Dominik Szoboszlai, 19 – Midfielder
Arguably essentially the most recognisable participant on the checklist given his earlier sturdy hyperlinks with RB Leipzig and Arsenal, amongst others, Hungary worldwide Szoboszlai is now Salzburg’s most dear asset.
“He has an astonishingly good proper foot and might rating David Beckham-esque free-kicks, play cross-field passes with distinction and pings balls within the field with ferocity,” Clark mentioned. “Nevertheless, he can generally get misplaced, does not observe again and is afraid to get caught in. He is an immense – and mercurial – expertise, however I really feel like he does not ‘match’ the Jesse Marsch system in addition to different gamers do.”
However at 19, he nonetheless has loads of time on his aspect.
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Enock Mwepu, 21 – Midfielder
Coach Marsch’s all-action, urgent type of play requires actual work ethic in midfield. Given the recognition for such techniques in trendy soccer, Mwepu could properly develop into a sought-after commodity.
“He is the right participant for Marsch’s set-up,” Clark says. “He is excellent at successful unfastened balls and finds himself in the best place to interrupt up possession, however he is additionally received an important vary of passing. He is taken his probability after Bernede’s severe damage and he was one of many standout performers in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield, exhibiting he can impress on the largest stage. I feel he’ll go on to play for one in every of Europe’s prime sides.”
Sekou Koita, 20 – Ahead
Like Daka, Koita can be anticipated to ease the exits of Haaland and Minamino, given their goal-scoring exploits. Though his season has been impacted by an stomach damage, the 20-year-old Malian has nonetheless managed to get six targets in 10 appearances at a median of 1 each 82 minutes.
“He impressed within the Below-20 World Cup, however possibly now could have some correct enjoying time in Marsch’s squad. A barely smaller physique [than Haaland and Daka], however Koita has tempo in abundance to terrify defences, nice consciousness, fast decision-making, exact ending and he can play anyplace up entrance.” Clark expects him to develop into a “star”.
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