One of the potentially biggest stories of the summer got its ending in May – Erling Haaland will be joining Manchester City. The Norwegian striker is joining the Citizens for a reported fee of $62 million, which was his release clause in Dortmund. As the dust settles over this monumental transfer, there are some that will say he should have gone elsewhere. Many clubs were interested, but Haaland ended up joining the English team. Here are three reasons why Erling Haaland made the wrong choice to join Manchester City.
His injury issues will be amplified in the EPL
The English Premier League is no picnic – far from it. The reason why a lot of people kept saying that Lionel Messi would never make it in the EPL is the same reason that Haaland might have issues. It is the intensity of the league and how teams play a very physical brand of football. Obviously, the Premier League has gone far away from the 80s and 90s, when the style of play of all teams was incredibly tough and fairly violent, but there are still teams that will definitely resort to cynical fouls and even outright hitting players when they cannot contain them. Thus, Erling Haaland will likely have the same treatment when he does arrive in the EPL.
Unfortunately for the Norwegian striker, his issues with physical play will be even worse. Firstly, everyone will be gunning for the man that gets a ton of hype from the media. It happens to every high-profile player that arrives in England. Secondly, Haaland has a well-documented injury history that might prove to be a problem. Man City is investing a ton of money into him and if he ends up injured for large parts of the season, it will be a disaster for the Citizens, who truly believe they are one Erling Haaland away from European glory. Thus, Haaland will need a ton of work to get to the fitness level that the Prem seeks from the players.