Arsenal loonee Mika Biereth is the combination of both Haaland and Kane


Arsenal striker Mika Biereth, on loan at Sturm Graz, talks to i about his red-hot form in the Austrian Bundesliga

It’s not often that you hear a professional athlete refer to themselves as “s**t”,

Especially when they are in the sort of goalscoring form that the young Arsenal striker Mika Biereth is in.

The 21-year-old has made an immediate impact at Austrian Bundesliga title chasers Sturm Graz,

Scoring five goals in his first seven matches in all competitions since arriving in January on loan until the end of this season.

So what’s with the self-deprecation?

“I’ve said before if I can compare myself to another player I’d say a s**t Erling Haaland and a s**t Harry Kane! A hybrid of them at a much worse level,” he tells with a smile.

“Like Haaland, all I really care about is scoring goals. If you’d offer me two touches of the ball and two goals I’d take that. For me, it’s all about scoring goals.

“[But] there are different aspects of the game when scoring goals isn’t possible when the ball is deep so then it’s about combining,

Linking the play, holding the ball up like Kane does. Those are the two different variables on the pitch.”

Mika Biereth can be Haaland or Kane for Arsenal

There are a couple of easy parallels to draw between Biereth and arguably the two best strikers in world football.

Like Haaland, who moved to Red Bull Salzburg as a teenager, he is sharpening his goalscoring instincts in Austria, in a competitive if not elite environment.

And like Kane, he has experienced both positive and negative aspects of being loaned out by a big club based in north London.

Kane was sent away by Tottenham Hotspur on four separate occasions prior to making his explosive breakthrough at the same age Biereth is now during the 2014-15 season.

Before joining Sturm Graz, Biereth enjoyed a successful half-season at Motherwell

Where he scored six goals in 15 appearances, which followed a far less beneficial stint at Dutch club RKC Waalwijk in 2022-23.

“Motherwell was massive, almost like a comeback because the first loan spell went nowhere near the plan we had,” he recalls.

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