Give Haaland time; verdict given on the Norway star

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Chelsea are among the clubs scrapping for the signature of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Chelsea team do not have a lethal striker as Timo Werner has failed to bang in the goals consistently, while Tammy Abraham have been phased out of the team by Thomas Tuchel.

20-year-old Haaland scored 27 goals in 28 Bundesliga games and 51 goals in 52 appearances, which is a phenomenal record by any standard.

However, former Manchester United captain Mark Hughes has asked for patience to be given to the Norway star if he eventually seals a move to any of the Premier League clubs.

“I’ve been really impressed by Haaland,” Hughes told Sky Sports.

“He’s clearly got a lot of attributes: he’s a big guy, lot of technical ability, quick as well over good distances which is unusual for a big guy, scores goals and does it at the highest level.

“I go back to the thing about transition coming to the Premier League, which is a unique league, make no bones about it. This league is special and it’s different from other European leagues and it’s the league everybody wants to play in.

“I think it’s easier for midfielder, full-backs, centre-halves and goalkeepers maybe to come to the Premier League.

“But for strikers because you’re judged on goals and expected to hit the ground running, it’s not always easy to do that, so strikers come to this country a little more susceptible to vagaries of form and they don’t always hit the levels that were expected of them.

“So bringing Haaland, without a shadow of a doubt would be good business for any Premier League club, but you would always have in the back of your mind that he may need that little bit of time to adjust to the power and the ability of the people that are going to try and make his job difficult.”

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