Erling Braut Haaland was an unknown quantity for many fans at the start of the 2019/20 season, but he has exploded onto the scene.
The RB Salzburg striker, who began his career with Norwegian minnows Bryne, produced a string of impressive performances in the Champions League group stages to fire himself into transfer gossip columns all over the world.
The 19-year-old bagged eight goals in six appearances in Europe’s primary club competition and, if reports are to be believed, may well have his pick of the continent’s heavyweight clubs during the January transfer window.
His unique skillset, imposing psychical presence and vast potential mean that he has all the tools to succeed at the highest level. Given that Salzburg operate outside of Europe’s top five leagues, he may also be available for a relatively low fee.
Manchester City and Liverpool represent dream options, although the latter is now very unlikely given that Haaland’s teammate Takumi Minamino has already agreed to move to Merseyside.
Juventus and Manchester United have also been mentioned while Leipzig, who – like Salzburg – have close ties to Red Bull are another contender for the teenager’s signature.
But is Haaland really as good as he’s cracked up to be? Or is he guilty of stat padding in the Austria Bundesliga?
Squawka video analyst Statman Dave has crunched the numbers on Haaland’s season so far to decide if the forward is worthy of the hype – and which teams he would fit into best. Watch the video at the top of the article to see the Haaland analysis in full.