Erling Haaland has reportedly been put off by the idea of coming to the Premier League because of what happened to Fernando Torres following his decision to leave Liverpool 10 years ago, according to the Independent.
The publication’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney suggested that the Borussia Dortmund superstar wants to eventually make the switch to England, but not just yet.
The Fernando Torres factor
Because of the English top-flight’s gruelling physical requirements and unforgiving fixture schedule, it has become a league that has proven tough for a number of European stars to make their mark.
Some of the world’s best strikers have struggled upon making the switch to England, including renowned superstars such as Andriy Shevchenko, Radamel Falcao, Diego Forlan and Gonzalo Higuain.
This has made it a daunting prospect for a number of talented upcoming strikers to make the jump to Premier League too early in their respective careers.
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Haaland is still only 20-year-old, after all, but is already amongst the best forward players in world football – much like Fernando Torres was when he made a £50 million switch from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011.
Torres went from one of the world’s deadliest finishers to a fallen giant suffering from a 24-match goal drought between October and March at Stamford Bridge.
In truth, the third-placed 2008 Ballon d’Or recipient never rediscovered the form that set Anfield ablaze for the best part of three-and-a-half seasons.
And as a result, it has had a lasting impact on Haaland, who will be desperate to avoid a similar tale of fortunes, should he choose to join the Premier League in the future.
EuroSport previously tipped the 2020 Golden Boy as Jurgen Klopp’s next major signing back in November.
The Reds may have to wait, however, if they are to tempt Haaland away from the Bundesliga.
What RTK has to say
Despite his understandable trepidation, a player of Haaland’s talents will not remain in Germany for too long.
He is simply too brilliant for some of Europe’s biggest teams not to come gate crashing at Dotrmund’s doors demanding the Norwegian international’s signature.
Indeed, we hope Haaland is able to continue his development with Dortmund for a little while longer.
However, if Liverpool do not act soon, they could miss out on the chance of a lifetime to sign one of world football’s most promising superstars.