Haaland ought to copy Lewandowski and proceed growing at Dortmund – Watzke
Erling Haaland ought to observe the instance of Robert Lewandowski and keep at Borussia Dortmund till he’s “world class”, in keeping with Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Striker Haaland has been a revelation since becoming a member of the Bundesliga membership, scoring 16 objectives within the second half of the 2019-20 season following his January arrival from Salzburg.
The Norway worldwide has continued to be prolific through the present marketing campaign – he has 17 objectives in 15 appearances in all competitions – and, unsurprisingly, that has led to hypothesis he might depart within the close to future.
Josep Maria Minguella, advisor to Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud, had claimed a deal was lined as much as take the 20-year-old to Camp Nou in the event that they triumph within the upcoming election.
Nonetheless, Mino Raiola – Haaland’s agent – rejected the declare, and Dortmund CEO Watzke has urged the participant to stay at his present membership till prepared for the subsequent step.
“Erling and Mino Raiola know what they’ve in us. I can solely advise him to do it like Robert Lewandowski,” Watzke instructed Kicker.
Lewandowski had 4 profitable seasons with BVB – together with successful the Bundesliga title twice – earlier than shifting on to Bayern Munich in 2014, by which period he had established himself as one of many main strikers within the recreation.
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Watzke believes Haaland can “mature into an absolute world-class participant in Dortmund”, with the membership conscious that – ultimately – the gifted ahead will seemingly wish to transfer on elsewhere.
He added: “It’s clear that if Erling ought to depart us sooner or later, he’ll solely go to an excellent greater membership, so many usually are not thought of.
“In the event you go to a membership like – simply to call an instance – Actual Madrid, it’s important to be world class.”
Haaland was injured previous to the mid-season break in Germany however was again in motion on Saturday, taking part in 81 minutes of Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
He’s averaging a powerful 1.23 objectives per 90 minutes within the Bundesliga this time period, although that’s nonetheless behind Lewandowski (1.57), who has scored 19 in 13 appearances for the reigning champions.
That works out as a objective each 57 minutes for the Poland worldwide, whose shot conversion fee (66 per cent) can also be barely higher than Haaland’s mark of 59 per cent. They’re the one duo to achieve double figures for objectives within the competitors to date this season, Andre Silva and Wout Weghorst subsequent on the listing with 9.
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