Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Erling Haaland nabs January Bundesliga player of the month despite playing just 59 minutes

Following his move to Dortmund in January, Erling Haaland had a brilliant start to life in the German Bundesliga. He did so well in fact that, despite playing just 59 minutes of football in the whole month, he won the Bundesliga’s January player of the month…

Player of the month Erling Haaland

As anybody who follows this website and reads our Bundesliga content will know, I am a huge fan of Erling Haaland. In his 59 minutes of football in January, Haaland scored FIVE goals – that’s one for every 11.8 minutes he spent on the pitch.

Dortmund debut heroics for Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland made his debut for Dortmund from the bench on January 18th as his side traveled to Augsburg. He came on with his side struggling, trailing 3-1 at the Augsburg Arena.

It didn’t take him long either, bagging his first goal for the Yellow and Black after just three minutes on the field – turning in a Jadon Sancho pass. He’d go on to score twice more in the game, claiming the match ball and the three points for his side.

Dortmund’s new star continues setting Bundesliga alight

Dortmund boss Lucien Favre opted not to start Haaland in his second game as a Dortmund player either, instead choosing to ease him in gradually.

Signal Iduna Park was abuzz with excitement and anticipation as they awaited his arrival. They were eventually given their wish on 65 minutes as the Norwegian replaced Thorgan Hazard with the game already pretty much in hand at 3-1.

Despite that, and the pressure of shooting towards the famous Dortmund Gelbe Wand (Yellow Wall), he rose to the moment and bagged another two goals – helping Dortmund to a comfortable 5-1 win.

Keep it up Erling

I’ve been very much enjoying watching this kid play football – his start to life in Germany was frankly ridiculous to be honest. He’s now up to eight goals in a Dortmund shirt, having bagged again last night in their win over Frankfurt.

Last week, he endured his first goalless Dortmund game as they lost a thriller at the BayArena. It was also the first time all season, either for Salzburg or Dortmund, that Haaland had played 90 minutes of a game and failed to score.

Dortmund play PSG in the Champions League in mid-week, and I seriously hope Lucien Favre deems it necessary to play the 19-year-old. Potentially seeing Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr and Jadon Sancho all on the same pitch will be a spectacle you simply cannot miss.

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Kieran Harm
Kieran hails from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and holds a degree in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton. He covers a range of sports, specialising in football and NFL. Kieran is a long-suffering member of the Toon Army as well as a very proud member of Broncos Country.

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