Erling Haaland’s supreme confidence in front of goal is reminiscent of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, talkSPORT has been told.
The Manchester City forward continued his frightening start to the season with a jaw-dropping acrobatic finish against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Haaland now has 13 goals in nine games to start the season and his astonishing return is even more impressive considering how little the 22-year-old touches the ball.
But that’s a huge benefit of his play according to former Arsenal winger and talkSPORT host Perry Groves, who says not all forwards have the confidence to keep waiting for the ball to come to them.
He explained: “Everybody keeps highlighting he only had 11 touches or only had 12, but nine times out of 10 he scored one or two so it doesn’t matter how many touches.
“He doesn’t go looking for it, he doesn’t go out to the wings, he doesn’t drop deep, you know when you’re searching for it to get involved and all of a sudden you go ‘where’s your centre forward?’ so he’s got that inner belief.
“We spoke off air about when I was playing with Wrighty, Ian Wright, when he came to the Gooners, he used to, in games, if he’d missed a chance, he’d be running round verbally being a pain to the centre halves.
“[Wright would say] ‘I’m gonna score in a minute, don’t let me have another chance, I’ll score’ he’d be slaughtering the wingers, having a go at the midfield, ‘get the ball in the box’.
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“He’d score and go ‘told you, watch me again because I think I’ll get a hat-trick today’.
“In his head [Haaland is] thinking exactly the same, ‘you give me half a chance, and I will score’.
“I loved his interview after when they said ‘they kept you a little bit quiet’ and he went ‘I scored, they didn’t keep me quiet’.”