Erling Haaland to Man City: Striker won't guarantee Pep Guardiola's success, says Jamie Carragher |  Soccer News

Erling Haaland to Man City: Striker won’t guarantee Pep Guardiola’s success, says Jamie Carragher | Soccer News

Erling Haaland’s arrival shows the Premier League is the strongest in the world, but the forward won’t guarantee Manchester City success, warns Jamie Carragher.

City have announced that they have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Haaland on Tuesday. The Premier League champions will pay the striker’s £51.1m release clause and he will arrive at the Etihad on July 1, subject to the terms being finalised.

Haaland is one of Europe’s most sought after strikers, having scored 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund, and joins a City side that are just three wins away from a fourth Premier League title in five years .

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The 21-year-old’s arrival should see Pep Guardiola reduce his reliance on using midfielders or wingers as a ‘false nine’ – a tactic that has served City well in recent seasons – and Carragher is keen to see how Haaland and City will adapt. to another.

speaking on sky sportsCarragher said: “Brilliant signing – not just for Manchester City but for the Premier League. I think we’re all intrigued by how he’s going to do. With [Kylian] Mbappe you feel he is one of the next two superstars to eclipse [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo and you are simply delighted that he is in the Premier League.

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Jamie Carragher says signing Erling Haaland from Manchester City is not just brilliant for the club but also for the Premier League

“Most often these players have gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona, ​​but you feel like the Premier League is the strongest league now – you’ve seen how successful we have been in the Champions League.

“He will score goals – that’s what he was brought in to do, of course he will. But that doesn’t guarantee City will win everything. They will have to bring him into the team. That means City will lose a creative player who helps them keep possession.

“There are a lot of questions, including from myself. We will analyze his performance at City and how he fits in. They had a world-class striker a few years ago in Sergio Aguero and they have another now .”

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City’s last three league titles have been won by an average total of almost 95 points, and Carragher believes the level at which Guardiola’s side have consistently reached means they have limited room for improvement in domestic competitions.

However, City’s bid for an elusive Champions League has failed again this season following their agonizing exit to Real Madrid, and the former Liverpool defender believes this is where Haaland could make a crucial difference.

“It makes Man City stronger, of course,” Carragher said. “But I see it in a different way. There are so many points you can get in a season. Haaland is not going to take City to a different level, they are already at that level of 96-100 points per season.

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“There will be small differences in some games. You think back to Manchester City’s semi-final loss to Real Madrid – if Haaland plays you expect City to pass. I’m talking about making the difference there .

“There’s not a huge leap for City to take – they’re already at the top level. In terms of consistency, over the last three or four years they’ve probably been the best in Europe. That’s just to make a small difference in the biggest of games, like the ones against Real Madrid.”

Haaland opted to join City over a number of other biggest European clubs, including Real, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, ​​but Carragher believes the Norway international could still aim for a move to the Bernabeu or Camp Nou more late in his career.

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“I still think Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two biggest clubs in the world that kids dream of playing for,” he said. “From my own experience at Liverpool, unless you were very successful and did everything you could, if one of those clubs came for one of your players, you had a problem.

“The same thing happened with Manchester United and Ronaldo. When those clubs call it’s hard to keep your players and that could be the case in five years whether Haaland ends up in Madrid or Barcelona. That’s the attraction of these two clubs.”

Redknapp: the Premier League becomes a superstar

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Jamie Redknapp thinks Erling Haaland will be an instant hit at Manchester City

Since Haaland joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, only Robert Lewandowski and Luis Muriel have scored goals at a faster rate than the Leeds-born striker.

Haaland has also scored 23 goals in just 19 Champions League games, and Jamie Redknapp says there’s no doubt Haaland comes to the Premier League as one of the world’s true superstars.

“From a personal perspective, as someone who loves football, it’s the fact that we get a player at his peak and he’s going to play in the Premier League,” Redknapp said. sky sports. “We didn’t really have the first Ronaldo, we didn’t have [Lionel] Messi obviously, so I think it’s great for our league to have someone everyone is watching and the kids love.

“The celebrations, the goals – he’s a fantastic footballer. It’s a huge challenge for him but I think he’s going to love it.


“City fans are clamoring for a centre-forward and they have one of the best in the world. I think we’re definitely going to see a superstar come into our league and it’s going to be great for everyone.”

Like Carragher, Redknapp accepts City are already operating at a high level but thinks Haaland could be the ‘final piece of the puzzle’ for Guardiola’s side.

“City are obviously paying him huge sums of money, they need a striker – that suits them perfectly,” he said. “I didn’t want to see him go to Real Madrid or Barcelona – I wanted to see him play in our league.

“Man City are going to be so strong because of that, but it’s always going to be very tight in this league and Liverpool have shown they can live with them. But there were so many times I watched Man City and I thought, ‘imagine if they had that last piece of the puzzle’. He’s going to be an incredible player for them.”

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