Erling Haaland will not score many goals for city because Pep Guardiola plays a system that does not require a traditional number 9.
Erling Haaland is a traditional number 9. He has played most of his career as a striker and has been scoring goals for fun. But Pep Guardiola plays a system that does not require a traditional number 9.
Football analysts Gary Neville and Roy Keane strongly believe that Haaland will score 30 plus goals this season. However I believe that even though the Norwegian has scored a lot of goals in his career, he will not be scoring many for Manchester City let alone 30 plus goals.
Pep Guardiola’s system requires players to be versatile, have good technical skills and the ability to play in several positions on the pitch.
At Barcelona, he had Samuel Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as strikers, but both were very different to each other.
Eto’o was a mobile player who could drop deep and link up play while Ibrahimovic was a more traditional target man who played on the shoulder of the last defender.
Erling Haaland is not suited for this type of system, so he will not score many goals for city. He is more of an old school type of player who likes to score goals; and wants to be in front of the defense at all times but that does not work anymore with Guardiola’s system.
This season will expose the fact that Manchester City are better off without a traditional number 9.
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