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Carragher: Haaland does not guarantee more success for Manchester City

Mon 13 June 2022 | 18:30

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Erling Haaland's signing will not guarantee more success for Manchester City.

Manchester City

announced on Monday that

Erling Haaland

has signed a five-year contract with them. City triggered the 65m euros release clause in Haaland's contract with

Dortmund

.

The 21-year-old Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund but Carragher says his arrival brings no guarantee of greater success.

"It's a worry for the rest of the Premier League,"

Carragher told Sky Sports.

"We are talking about one of the world's greats, even at such a young age, but I don't think anyone should be raising the white flag too early because it's going to be really interesting how he fits into the team.

"Pep Guardiola hasn't really used a central striker in the last couple of years and he's still been very successful. So, it will be really interesting to see how he settles, but from the Premier League's point of view, I think it is fantastic that we've got one of the world's leading players right now joining our league.

"That doesn't always happen, certainly at a young age, and a lot of his best years are going to be in the Premier League. So, it'll be really exciting for everyone to watch, but it's obviously going to be a tough proposition trying to stop Manchester City.”

Carragher believes Haaland could make a difference for Pep Guardiola's side in the Champions League.

"They have so many players now who don't play through the middle. They keep the ball so well and they control the game so well. Maybe they will lose a little bit of that,"

Carragher continued.

"So, I don't think it's a forgone conclusion that means City are going to win everything.

"They have a great team and a great manager, and I actually think Haaland coming in won't make that much of a difference in terms of how many points they get. They always get in the mid-90s for points anyway, which is a remarkable feat.

"He may have been brought in just to make that difference in those games where they just fell short, maybe more in the Champions League than the Premier League, actually.

"He'll change, he'll evolve, he's still a lot to learn, he's a young player. He'll learn from one of the greatest coaches in world football. He'll bring things to his game. But he should also remember not to change too much. He is what he is. Powerful, his pace, the goals he gets.

"That's what I'm intrigued with, how he fits into that Pep Guardiola style which is a bit more slow and technical than the end-to-end type of football you see in the Bundesliga."


source: SportMob

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