In preparation for this weekend’s derby match against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, is practicing his weaker foot.
Erling Haaland is currently in line to win the golden boot, but the Manchester City striker is adamant that there is still room for improvement, particularly with his right foot.
Haaland has had an incredible start to life in England following his £51 million transfer to the champions.
Haaland, who scored 86 goals in 89 games during his two and a half-year stay at Borussia Dortmund, has reportedly been working out more in preparation for Sunday’s crucial match, according to a new report.
Manchester United are the next team tasked with coming up with strategies to slow his progress during the Sunday derby because only Bournemouth has prevented him from scoring in the Premier League thus far.
According to The Mail, Haaland has increased his efforts to try and improve his right foot.
The 22-year-old is committed to doing everything in his power to ensure that his weaker side can be effectively utilized on a regular basis.
Haaland worked closely with former Bayern Munich striker and Dortmund coach Alexander Zickler to hone his skills with his weaker foot.
Prior to Haaland’s major move, Zickler and the striker put in a lot of work through extra sessions.
Haaland’s career-low number of goals scored with his right foot (just 15) was an area the forward could improve upon.
Even though the prolific forward already appears set to defeat his Premier League rivals in the race for the golden boot, Haaland has continued to build on that work at the Etihad.
Haaland has already scored two goals with his right foot this season as a result of the training here on these shores.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, will value Haaland’s efforts to strengthen his weaker peg more than most because the Dutchman recently put some of his stars through similar training.
Ten Hag put a number of well-known athletes, including England left-back Luke Shaw, through particular drills that targeted their weaker feet.
As long-time admirers of the former RB Salzburg star themselves, Manchester United are unlikely to benefit from Haaland’s additional training.
It was revealed this week that United, however, was not included in the seven-team shortlist that Haaland and his staff came up with as they deliberated his next course of action.
There are still hours to put in, and it was evident during Liverpool’s Community Shield victory that he launched a left leg at an inviting cross rather than heading it or tapping it with his right foot.
But Haaland is working hard to ensure that those misses become the exception rather than the rule. The rest of Europe will be terrified by this kind of personal growth.