Erling Braut Haaland’s former coach has insisted that the RB Salzburg striker needs to develop more before thinking about securing a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
Haaland has risen to prominence this season after scoring 26 goals already – including five hat-tricks – as well as putting in impressive performances in the Champions League.
Speaking to Goal, however, Alf Ingve Berntsen – who worked with Haaland at Bryne FK – urged the 19-year-old to stick around in the top Austrian league for a while longer before considering a move elsewhere.
“The tactical requirements at Bayern and Liverpool would be a bit too high for [him] now – after all, he has only played in Norway and Austria so far. And also there for a short time,” the coach said.
“Joining Bayern would be difficult for him at the moment. Because, of course, he is still far from the level of Robert Lewandowski.
“Erling is a dominant character, sitting on the bench would not be easy for him. As long as Lewandowski plays at this level, a move to Bayern would therefore not make sense.
“What many forget: Haaland was not even a regular player at Salzburg recently. He did not play regularly until August this year. Of course he caused hype with his goals, but it would probably be advisable to stay at Salzburg for another year.
“The most important thing for Erling is to play regularly at the highest possible level. It would be bad for him not to play at his new club. He needs playing time at the highest level in order to evolve. To be a substitute at a top club would be a hindrance to this development.”
Fifteen of Haaland’s 26 goals so far this term have come in the Austrian first division, while he has also netted seven times in four Champions League outings.