Erling Haaland continues his goal-scoring while on international duty with Norway. This comes after the player had a brilliant start to the season with Dortmund in the Bundesliga. It must be stated that a player of his talent is being allowed to perform at his optimum with a system based around him.
During Norway vs Netherlands match, Norway started in the 4-2-2-2 formation with two strikers and 2 Central-Attacking-Midfielders. Erling Haaland started upfront with Martin Ødegaard behind him. On the other side, the Netherlands started in a 4-3-3. The startling lineup consisted of Memphis Depay, Steven Berghuis and Cody Gakpo as the attacking trio. The other prominent players in the team were Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong.
During the World Cup Qualifying matches it could be seen that the Netherlands doesn’t wish to miss any chance to qualify. Due to this the Team average age was around 27. While in the case of Norway, the country isn’t has gifted to the likes of the other nations. Due to this, their team consists of players on the younger and lesser experienced side. The Norway team Average age with the likes of Erling Haaland was only 25.
Around the 19th minute, Erling Haaland shot from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal for Norway. In the 35th minute, Davy Klaassen took a right-footed shot and scored the equalizer before the first half. Between the two goals, Netherland started playing more on the offensive side having 134 touches of the ball. Comparing that to the 79 touches taken by Norway and them attempting 10 tackles.
What Does this Performance Show about Erling Haaland and Norway?
According to Erling Haaland’s average positions during the match, it could be stated that the player didn’t mind running back to help. His most-played position is covering the entire pitch. Be it in the midfield or zone 14 or even in the winger position. This showing his versatility to build up the attack as well. Due to this very playing style many clubs around the world and the Premier League are waiting for the release clause to be active. By doing so they can immediately sign Erling Haaland to their club.