Despite winning four of the last five Premier Leagues titles, including each of the last two, Manchester City took it upon themselves to sign arguably the sport's most exciting young prospect.
The addition of Erling Haaland strengthen's the Manchester club's claim of being one of the most formidable forces across Europe and adds another dimension to their attack.
Apart from his obvious goalscoring threat, Haaland allows City to change their playing style in numerous ways, including when teams decide to play a low block against City.
In previous years, City had a penchant to counter this tactic by attacking the box through the use of wide crosses. This season, with the presence of Haaland the effectiveness of this principle has been increased especially given Haaland's ability to find pockets of space in the six-yard box and his aerial ability.
Conversely when a team plays a high line, Haaland's pace and physical prowess allows City to play their forward through on goal with through balls.
Haaland's hold-up play also enables City to unlock stubborn defences, with his ball-playing ability offering support diagonally to the team's wide forwards.
Haaland: The ideal target
Following the departure of Sergio Aguero, City lacked an out and out striker, with the likes of Bernado Silva playing as a false no.9.
Haaland's presence in the box enables the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden to maximise their passing talents with the Norwegian a master at attacking the most effective spaces within an opposing team's penalty area.
Haaland always manages to anticipate his marker, meaning he is able to find a yard space for himself or open up avenue for one of his team mate's to maximise.
Conclusion: What does Haaland bring to Man City?
Based on current evidence it is fair to say that Haaland makes City a more complete attacking unit. The Norwegian adds a target man for City's midfield to aim at, giving them an attacking outlet that they have lacked in recent seasons.
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