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Erling Braut Haaland - Borussia Dortmund's Latest Prodigy

He's scored a goal every 52 minutes this season so far, over 22 games for RB Salzburg, Erling Braut Haaland has hit the net 28 times – it is a set of statistics that fired the striker to the top of many club's wish list.

However, Borussia Dortmund is the new location for the Norwegian prodigy. The Bundesliga club reigned triumphant in securing his services for $22 million, beating the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and RB Leipzig to tie the forward down to a long term contract.

It is exactly the signing that the Yellow and Blacks needed, stuttering through the first half of the German season, they find themselves locked into fourth, seven points off leaders Leipzig.

Despite early interest from other clubs, Haaland decided on a move to North Rhine-Westphalia as soon as he heard what Hans-Joachim Watzke, Chief Executive Officer, and Sporting Director Michael Zorc had to say.

"There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club, go this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I'm already burning for it." Haaland told Dortmund's official website at his unveiling.

While scoring hasn't necessarily been Dortmund's Achilles' heel this season, they have failed to take charge of fixtures when in an ascendancy.

A return of 41 goals scored places them behind both Bayern Munich and Leipzig, who sit above them in the table, but they have found the net on more occasions than long time league leaders, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Current centre forwards, Mario Götze and Paco Alcácer have mustered just 10 goals between them so far across all competitions. Alcácer has seven strikes across 15 games, but has seen a large percentage of his time spent on the recovery table.

Knee and Achilles issues have limited the Spaniard to just three 90 minute appearances in the Bundesliga so far this season – the arrival of Haaland should allow continuity at the very top of the field.

The teenager arrives with a greater amount of goals in his back pocket than Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus combined (22), Dortmund's two top scorers of the 2019/20 campaign.

Not since prolific marksman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have the Yellow and Blacks had a striker who could hit 40 goals a season. The Gabonese forward struck 39 times in 2015/16, and followed it up with 40 the season after.

When Aubameyang departed for Premier League side, Arsenal, in January of 2018 he remained Dortmund's top scorer until the end of the season with 21 goals across all competitions.

Michy Batshuayi and Maximilian Philipp could only find the net on nine occasions each – the need for a top striker has been reignited after Alcácer's injury woes.

With the Bundesliga nearing its 'winterpause' end, Dortmund currently find themselves in Marbella, Spain - at their annual warm weather training camp.

Haaland has yet to feature in any exhibition matches, sitting out the friendly fixture against Standard Liège, he has so far just trained with his teammates, and could be set for a first runout against FSV Mainz 05 on Jan, 11.

However, head coach Lucien Favre could keep the Norwegian away from action until the Bundesliga restarts against Augsburg on Jan, 18.

Haaland's strengths, unsurprisingly, rest in his ability to finish coupled with his positional play as a forward. As Napoli, Genk and current holders Liverpool, all found out in this season's UEFA Champions League.

On the biggest stage Europe offers, the 19-year-old scored across five of the six match days. Hitting a superb hat-trick against Belgian side Genk on Matchday One, Haaland followed this up with goals at Anfield and away in Naples.

Scoring on average every 47 minutes across the competition in the group stage, Dortmund's new forward sits second in this season's Champions League top scorers list, only Robert Lewandowski can better the teenager's total, with 10 strikes.

Operating in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the majority of the season, Favre now has the centre forward his system has been crying out for.

Should Haaland be released in front of an advanced midfield of Julian Brandt, Reus and Sancho then the seven point gap to leaders Leipzig could be cut - significantly and quickly. 

 
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