Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has been linked with a switch to the Premier League this summer but John Barnes claims the 6’4″ striker is ‘not physical enough’ for it
Manchester City and Manchester United may need to re-think their bid for Erling Haaland this summer after stats alleged that the Premier League could be ‘too physical’ for him.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has attracted the attention of all the top clubs in the world after a stunning season with the Bundesliga side in which he scored 41 goals in 41 games, including 10 goals in eight Champions League appearances.
Manchester City were touted as a potential destination as they look to replace all-time top goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who left the club after 10 years and joined Barcelona on a free transfer, while United currently have 34-year-old Edinson Cavani among their leading strike options.
Erling Haaland is set to be in the midst of a transfer tussle this summer and Manchester United are in the hunt.
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According to research done by B-Cure Laser, the Premier League is “much more physical” than the Bundesliga.
The company were following up on claims by former England winger John Barnes to bettingodds.com that: ‘In the Premier League a physical player is nothing because we have loads of physical players and not enough technical players.
“If Haaland comes to England he’s not going to go and bully Brighton’s centre-backs, so for that reason I think he would have a much bigger impact in La Liga.”
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Their conclusion that Haaland is not suited to the life in England is based on there being an average of 310 tackles and 500 attempted tackles per matchday across the Premier League compared to only 277 tackles and 438 attempted tackles in the Bundesliga, meaning he would not hear the referee’s whistle as often as he does currently.
They claim Stamford Bridge is his most compatible destination and the Blues are also strongly interested in a potential £150m move for the Norwegian hotshot this summer.
All four English leagues far outweigh the top four European leagues in their reckoning, with League One taking the trophy for most physical.
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In fact, on physicality alone Erling’s most compatible team would be Fleetwood Town, suggesting this may not be the most scientific approach to judging Haaland’s most appropriate next move.
Even if it were, what they don’t mention is that Haaland actually gives about as good as