Erling Haaland joins seven Premier League stars who have followed in their father’s footsteps

With Erling Haaland’s £51million move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, the talented youngster becomes the youngest player to follow in his father’s footsteps in the English top flight

Erling Haaland will follow in his father's footsteps
Erling Haaland will follow in his father’s footsteps

Erling Haaland is set to become the latest Premier League superstar to follow in his father’s footsteps – after Manchester City moved in on a stunning £51million transfer.

Although City’s 21-year-old is yet to be officially announced, he is close to making the move to the English top flight – where his father Alf-Inge Haaland also played. During his time in English football, Haaland senior represented Nottingham Forest, Leeds and City in the 1990s and early 2000s.

And now the Norwegian youngster is set to follow suit after it was announced on Tuesday that Pep Guardiola’s City had signed a deal to sign the striker from Borussia Dortmund. Here, mirror sport takes a look at some of the players who have accomplished similar feats in their father’s footsteps…

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel Snr was a key member for Manchester United and then manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his eight years at Old Trafford between 1991 and 1999. During his time there he added five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League to his curriculum. He then had brief stints at Aston Villa and the Etihad.

Meanwhile, his son Kasper also inherited his father’s number one for Denmark and began his career at City, where he played between 2002 and 2009. After joining Leicester City in 2011, he quickly became a fixture of the squad, making over 400 appearances for the Foxes and winning both the Premier League and FA Cup titles.

Kasper Schmeichel now plays with Leicester in the Premier League

Frank Lampard Sr and Frank Lampard Jr

Lampard Snr was part of the West Ham side that won the FA Cup in 1975 and 1980 during his 18-year tenure with the Hammers. He then moved to National League club Southend United, where he played for one season (1985/86) before announcing his retirement at the age of 38.

His son is now the current manager of Everton and has established himself as a Chelsea legend during his 13-year stint at Stamford Bridge – winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and Europe league. Lampard also represented England internationally for 15 years, winning 106 caps.

Ian Wright and Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips

Former England international Ian Wright was a huge success for Arsenal during his seven years (1991-1998) in north London – making almost 300 appearances for the Gunners and scoring over 180 goals. He won the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup with the Gunners.

He’s also had spells with Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, West Ham, Celtic and Burnley. Meanwhile, his son Shaun had a nine-year association with City on two different spells, 1999–2005 and 2008–2011.

His other son Bradley spent two years with City in the Premier League before moving to Southampton as they competed in the Championship.

Shaun Wright-Phillips played for Manchester City

Paul and Tom Ince

Ince Snr, nicknamed ‘Guvnor’, became an inspirational figure at Old Trafford; Helping United win the Premier League and FA Cup twice, alongside the League and European Cup Winners’ Cups. He then represented Wolverhampton Wanderers for four seasons and played over 110 games. He is currently interim manager of Championship side Reading.

His son Tom started his youth career at Liverpool and then played in the league for Crystal Palace, Hull and Huddersfield. He is also at Reading and plays under his father.

Paul Ince ran his son Tom Ince in Blackpool


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Jimmy and Nat Phillips

Former Bolton Wanderers defender Jimmy made over 300 appearances for the side during his 18-year tenure. He played in the 1995 Football League Cup final when Wanderers lost 2-1 to Liverpool. The now 56-year-old later played for Rangers, Oxford United, Middlesbrough before making a late return to Bolton in 1993 where he played for eight years before retiring.

Nat followed in his father’s footsteps and started his career at Wanderers, where he stayed until 2016 before joining Anfield. After not having much success with the Reds, he was later loaned out to German club Stuttgart.

Most recently, he helped Bournemouth achieve promotion to the Premier League during his year-long loan at the south coast. His contract with Liverpool expires this summer.

Steve and Alex Bruce

Bruce led United to their first league title in 25 years in 1993 and contributed to two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup during his nine-year tenure with the Red Devils between 1987 and 1996. He later joined Birmingham City for two seasons before retiring and later becoming a manager.

His son Alex, who is also a defender, played under his father at Blues and Hull. He is also a former Northern Ireland international who played two games in 2013-14.

Alvin and David Martin

The former West Ham defender represented the Hammers for 22 years after starting his youth career with London. Alvin made just under 500 appearances for the club before spending a season at Leyton Orient and also earning 17 caps for England.

David, meanwhile, has had a similar path to his father, spending part of his youth career at West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur before stints at Liverpool, Millwall, Leicester City, Leeds and Derby followed. He has been at the London Stadium since 2019.

After making his debut in November this year, Martin told Goal: “My dad didn’t say much, I think we were both in tears! For my father, who has played for the club for 21 years and sees it, and for me, to make my debut, keep a clean sheet and get the win for the lads, it’s so gratifying.”

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