Erling Haaland’s debut in the Premier League has undoubtedly made Leeds United envious.
The son of former Whites player Alf-Inge was once offered to the Yorkshire giants just before he rose to fame for his goal-scoring prowess.
Really, the outcome may have been different.
To The Athletic’s “The Phil Hay Show,” agent Hayden Evans said, “He was at Molde, probably about 17 [years old], and he was tearing it up but also avidly loving Leeds United.”
We told Leeds’ sporting director Victor Orta, “Look, I can get Erling to Leeds, and the rest will be up to you,” when we spoke with him.
Later, he added:
The basic line was that [Molde] wanted about four million pounds. It went fairly nicely, and we returned.
Even if he had skill, he was not going to play for the first team at that age since Leeds were not in the steady [financial] position they are in now.
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Since that time, the Norwegian superstar has joined RB Salzburg, where he played for current Leeds manager Jesse Marsch. He scored 29 goals in 27 games there, which led to a transfer to Borussia Dortmund.
According to Transfermarkt, he continued his impressive play there, scoring an incredible 86 goals in 89 games while also dishing up 23 assists.
The 22-year-old then transferred to Premier League rivals Manchester City for for £51 million, and with his electric start to his Citizens career, he has proven all of his detractors wrong.
Haaland has scored an additional 12 goals in just six league games and one Champions League match. That’s practically two goals scored each game, which is already a very impressive record.
Orta will undoubtedly be in the Elland Road stands feeling guilty since Leeds as a team have only scored 10 goals in their first six league games.
He could have signed the 147-goal scorer, who journalist Alex Truic once referred to as a “goal-scoring cyborg,” for as low as £4 million, but CIES Football Observatory currently values him at more than €200 million (£175 million).
Given his track record since Leeds failed to recruit him, his high value, and the abundance of talent still at his disposal, it is difficult to contest that this was Orta’s worst error while playing for the West Yorkshire giants.
There won’t be many, if any, choices that are worse than that.
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