Haaland Praises Moukoko
Erling Haaland claims that his new teammate Youssoufa Moukoko was better than he was at age 15. The Borussia Dortmund youngster is primed to be the league’s youngest debutant, which was previously held by Dortmund youngster Gio Reyna when he played in January.
Thanks to the league’s adjustments in regulations, Moukoko will be eligible to appear in the game as soon as he turns 16 on November 20th. Haaland claimed that the experience he had in training with the prodigy was something new to his game. The breakout star of the season was clearly impressed and said that he has never seen a player like him.
Dortmund is known for its keen eye in scouting out the best young talents in the game. Those reliable scouts have brought in the likes of Jadon Sancho, Haaland, and Reyna in recent years. Aside from that, the culture of the club has been really good at developing those young talents. Christian Pulisic is a living example of Dortmund’s impressive training and promise.
‘Moukoko is much better than I was at his age’, Haaland said in Dortmund's Bad Ragaz training camp. ‘I have never seen such a good 15-year-old in my life’.
Haaland could hardly hold back his enthusiastic thoughts for a young man who could be his partner in the club’s attacking formation when Christmas season comes. He did warn the team not to put too much pressure on Moukoko as he needs to get a grasp of the game first.
Moukoko has been impressive in his younger years. He was just twelve years old when he dropped two big goals against Schalke when he played for Dortmund’s U17 squad. He tallied 38 goals in that season. He registered 34 goals last term with the U19s, and that is the kind of talent that scouts would not let pass by.
‘The advantage for him is that he's already playing for Dortmund at the age of 15’, Haaland continued. ‘At his age, I was still playing for my home town of Bryne’.
Having Haaland by his side could mean a lot for the youngster. Fans might just see Robert Lewandowski’s no. 9 jersey passed onto the Dortmund rising prodigy.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores