Erling Haaland is not good enough for Euro 2020

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Erling Haaland is one of the fastest rising super strikers in Europe especially when it comes to club football and European Nations League. But in terms of Norway’s qualification campaign for Euro 2020, Haaland was not able to do much for his country.

The Norwegian was on duty for his country on Thursday, October 8, against Serbia in the 2020 European Championship Qualifiers. The two national teams were condemned to win the match or crash out of the qualification campaign.

At the end of the match, Serbia which seemed to want it more, came out victorious and ended Erling Haaland‘s dream of playing in the European Championship for the first time in his football career. The keenly contested match ended 1-2 in favor of Serbia.

Though Norway enjoyed most of the possession, Serbia national team was more decisive going forward. To quantify the effort Serbia national team put in the match, the country had 18 shots, 9 of those shots were on target. While Norway managed only 9 shots and 3 of the team’s shots were on target.

Erling Haaland who was incredible for Red Bull Salzburg before he joined Borussia Dortmund where he has continued to give his best, played three matches in the European Championship qualifiers but failed to score or provide any assist for his country.

However, he has been massive for Norway when it comes to the European Nations League campaign. The 20-year-old center-forward who started playing for Norway’s football national team in September 2019 has been able to score 3 goals and has provided an assist in just 2 games in the nations league.

In total, since his debut for Norway on September 5, 2019, Erling Haaland has scored 3 goals and provided an assist in five games. But he will have to wait for another four years before he could have another shot at playing in the European Championship.

When one compares his stats in the national team with what he was able to do for Red Bull Salzburg between 2018-2020 and what he has been doing for Borussia Dortmund since he joined the German Bundesliga side this year, one could say, Norway national team has not started seeing the best of Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

Before he left Red Bull Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 for just €20 million, Haaland scored 29 goals and provided 7 assists in 27 games for the Austrian club. In less than 9 months at Borussia Dortmund, he has scored 21 goals and provided 5 assists in 23 games.

So far this season, he has played three Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund and has scored a total of 4 goals and provided one assist. Despite having this kind of form, his talent will not be on the display when European football stars step out for Euro 2020 from 11 June 2021 to 11 July 2021.

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