Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Gio Reyna can form the front line of Borussia Dortmund for the future
A front three born and raised in England, but tightened up in Germany, the Borussia Dortmund rise led to an impressive 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday night.
Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho both started against the French champions, while Gio Reyna replaced Thorgan Hazard after 67 minutes of play.
It was Haaland, probably the most exciting talent in Europe, who was central to the game by leading Dortmund to victory with two goals in the second half.
Erling Haaland played with two goals when Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 on Tuesday
Haaland depicted alongside his father, Alfe-Inge, who played for Leeds and Manchester City
In Molde, Haaland played under the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now in Manchester United
Haaland was born in Leeds in 2000, where his father Alfe-Inge then played. His father was a defensive midfielder, who played for Leeds for three years before joining Manchester City.
Erling’s career began in Norway with Byrne, where he made his debut at the age of only 15. He went to court at Hoffenheim in Germany, but was unsuccessful. After two years he moved to Molde, which was managed by none other than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His form caught fire there after scoring his debut – in 2018, he scored four goals in 21 minutes, including a 11-minute hat trick, against the then unbeaten leader in Norweigan, Brann. According to reports in Norway at that time there was even a scout from Manchester United present.
RB Salzburg came to Haaland in August 2018 and when he became a member in January 2019 his form continued to improve. He underlined his turnout in the Champions League, where Salzburg faced Liverpool holders in the group stage, before Borussia Dortmund signed him in the January window.
Although Tuesday’s win over PSG is his best performance so far in a Dortmund shirt, it is worth remembering that he scored a debut hat trick off the bench and currently has 11 goals in just seven games.
Jadon Sancho’s profile has grown enormously in Dortmund and he has been able to attract bids of more than £ 100 million
Sancho went abroad after being afraid of opportunities in the first team when he was in Manchester City
The creativity of players such as teammate Sancho will help Haaland in no small measure – as long as the winger stays in Dortmund.
Sancho, 19, was born in Camberwell, South London and was picked up by Watford’s academy at the age of 7 and then switched to Man City at the age of 14.
But despite his obvious talent, Sancho worried a busy path to the first team, so he made a daring move to Germany at the age of 17 and was immediately included in the team of the first team.
His creativity is what draws the attention of the most important clubs in Europe and sees him becoming an England international. So far this season, he has scored 16 goals and provided 17 assists in 31 games so far.
A series of prominent clubs are after Sancho in the summer – including Liverpool and Manchester United – and it is believed that a bid in the £ 100- £ 120 m region of Dortmund will make him leave.
And when he leaves, Dortmund looks forward to having a ready-made substitute in Reyna, who made an impressive appearance against PSG.
And if Sancho leaves, Gio Reyna comes up quickly as the man who could replace him
Reyna pictured celebrating with teammate Erling Haaland after Tuesday’s win over PSG
Claudio Reyna won more than 100 caps for the United States and his son is seen as the next star
Reyna was born in Sunderland in 2002 with his father Claudio in red and white in the Premier League. Claudio played more than 100 times for the United States, and also played for Manchester City, Rangers and Bayer Leverkusen.
Early reports about him described how he initially had a Mancunian accent, but it soon evaporated when he moved to the United States to the academy system at NYCFC.
But born in northeastern England, he is eligible for Gareth Southgate and any future manager of England. His current rise with Dortmund has probably not escaped their attention.
But for now, the attention of Reyna and his teammates will be on club football. A trip to the Parc des Princes on March 11 for the second stage promises to be a tempting prospect.