The teenage sensation has taken to life at Borussia Dortmund immediately, along with His Inaugural compatriot believes he’s at the right club.
Borussia Dortmund feeling Erling Haaland will play in the Premier League one day, according to former Norway global Jan Aage Fjortoft.
But he considers the 19-year-old is in the ideal place now and was right to deny the advances of Manchester United and Juventus, among others, when he chose to leave Red Bull Salzburg in January.
Haaland has plundered eight goals from four appearances for Dortmund, evidence in Fjortoft’s eyes that the Bundesliga was the ideal choice.
“Alfie Haaland (his father) always said we ought to think of the difference between a club wanting a participant and needing a player,” Fjortoft told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“What I like about Team Haaland is that they have always taken the development of the participant first. He is in the club he should be, where he can grow.
“Do I think he will play England one day? He was born in England, but at this time Dortmund is the ideal place for him to be.”
Dortmund’s reputation for giving opportunities to young players is well documented, but Fjortoft believes they ought to be respected as one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“You always specify big clubs, it’s not like Dortmund is a development team,” he added.
“They get [attendances of] 81,000 every week, they’re in the Champions League – which some clubs aren’t in the moment – and they’re utilised to growing players into great players.
“He can enhance and he should improve, that’s why he went to Salzburg, not Juventus since they have a great way to educate young players.
“They could have gone to Manchester United this time or Juventus but he chose Dortmund.
“It is good for the advancement of his profession.”
Haaland’s stunning goalscoring form for Dortmund so much has assured the eyes of the footballing world have remained firmly fixed on him.
His eight goals so far, seven of which have come in the Bundesliga, have come at a rate of a target every 22 minutes.
“I don’t think there’s any possibility you could imagine him doing that,” former Middlesbrough and Sheffield United striker Fjortoft added.
“He’s scoring more or less every opportunity he’s got. He has only been brilliant and is among the best prospects we have in soccer.
“Let’s not forget he’s 19. I always compare a soccer career with education. Now he is at the very best college he could be.”