Man City announced Erling Haaland will join the club this summer, however his arrival could impact playing time for another of City’s recently forgotten transfers
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Manchester City confirmed on Tuesday that they have signed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign striker Erling Haaland. The club activated the Norwegian striker’s release clause and the player will move in July.
The 21-year-old is considered one of Europe’s hottest talents and has scored an impressive 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
City haven’t had a truly recognized number nine since the departure of Sergio Aguero last summer, so fans are understandably excited at the prospect of the Norwegian joining Pep Guardiola’s squad.
However, he won’t be the only new addition to City’s attack this summer as Julian Alvarez is also set to join City’s first-team once his loan at River Plate comes to an end.
The 22-year-old signed with the champions in January but was immediately sent on a short-term loan to River Plate.
The Argentine has scored 44 goals and provided a further 29 assists in just 111 games for his youth club, making him one of South America’s hottest prospects. Still, there are now legitimate concerns about how Haaland’s arrival could impact the forward’s rise at the club.
For much of his time at Dortmund, Haaland most often played as a lone striker, usually in formations like a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Those two formations are also Guardiola’s two most used ones, meaning Haaland should, in theory, slip seamlessly into his starting XI.
Given his skills and the price paid, Alvarez won’t oust Haaland and it seems he won’t have the opportunity to play alongside him either, meaning his path isn’t clear at this point.
He has diverse abilities, meaning he’s versatile and can play different roles in an attack. Guardiola could therefore give him minutes left or right of City next season. But 90 per cent of his minutes so far in his senior career has been spent in the middle and that’s where we saw the dangerous striker’s best.
Although there are obvious concerns about how Alvarez fits into City’s plans for next season, just last month Guardiola spoke about how he was dying to see the striker in action.
“Next year he’ll be in pre-season for sure,” said Guardiola. “I learn from the players and I want to see him on the pitch, with his teammates, with what we want to do. If we weren’t convinced of that, we wouldn’t have signed.”
Alvarez is therefore hoping he can do enough to impress the City boss over the summer not to become a forgotten man before his career at Etihad even takes off.
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