The enormous value of Erling Haaland for Borussia Dortmund can not only be measured by his many goals. In view of the foreseeable departure of the striker, BVB’s task is already to find a very specific type of successor.
One day, and this shouldn’t be too far away, Borussia Dortmund will present a new striker. Because Erling Haaland is leaving BVB one day. It is likely that it will already happen during the transfer window next summer.
This scenario should not be problematic for those responsible in Dortmund. Too often they have shown a good nose in the transfer market. Especially when it came to acquiring a new number one in attack. Lucas Barrios, Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Paco Alcacer – each and every one of them scored regularly, their 319 goals cost the Westphalia a transfer fee totaling 44.95 million euros.
A Haaland successor is of course following in big footsteps, because the Norwegian’s current goal rate of 65 goals in 65 competitive games clearly outshines that of his four predecessors. In the Champions League, which starts for Dortmund on Wednesday at Besiktas (6.45 p.m. in LIVETICKER), it is even more impressive with an average of 1.2 goals per game.
The new one, whoever it may be, should therefore deliver straight away. What will be much more difficult for BVB to replace than Haaland’s stalls, however, is its enormous value as personality and character. Because Haaland not only means a guarantee for goals on the assembly line, but also: irrepressible will, extreme ambition, pronounced self-confidence.
Parallels between Erling Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Perhaps it is because of their similar origins that you can see some sporting and personal parallels between the Norwegian Haaland and the Swede Ibrahimovic. Both are above all aware of their strengths as players and know about their self-confident demeanor. In doing so, they not only intimidate their opponents, but also their own teammates are pushed to their limits and, to a certain extent, succumb to the firm belief in the successful outcome of the game. “Erling is also good for us beyond his goals. He has the absolute will and is obsessed with success,” said BVB sports director Michael Zorc once.
Like Ibrahimovic, Haaland has “his” audience under control. He whips it up regularly, the crowd has long followed him blindly. That has a lot to do with credibility, maturity and serenity, both of which radiate on and off the field from a young age.
With this self-confident demeanor, they always walk on the verge of arrogance. In the meantime Ibrahimovic has perfected this behavior, so to speak, when he speaks of himself in the third person, stages himself as God or constantly claims to be simply the best in the world.
For Haaland it is scenes like after the penalty whistle in the DFB Cup at Wehen Wiesbaden, when he was fouled on the floor and did two push-ups before he got up. Even his short answers in interviews should not be described solely as down-to-earth.
Like all professionals, he stages himself via his social media channels, but here too his posts are very special and stand out from the crowd. It is already factored in that during breaks in play, Haaland’s curious outfits or posts are discussed for weeks in which he is sitting on a tractor in overalls or fiddled with a chainsaw.
Ibrahimovic has already approved of Haaland’s entire appearance: “I like his style, I like the way he plays and especially the way he speaks. He has a great personality. He speaks and shows on the pitch that he is right has to talk like that. This is how a footballer should be. He will be the next star of world football, “said the Swede.
The uniqueness of such exceptional talent makes it impossible for clubs to adequately absorb their loss. It will be the same for BVB, no one will be able to match the Haaland package anytime soon. The Dortmund team’s task is already now to ideally find a successor who will one day leave BVB not only because he scored many goals and now wants to earn even more money – but because of his inspiring ambition.