Manchester City's new superstar signing reminds Joleon Lescott of a player who famously fell out with Pep Guardiola.
The Blues announced last week that they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Erling Haaland, with the forward having said his goodbyes to Dortmund over the weekend in their final game of the season. City beat off interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign the Norwegian, who is already seen as one of the most exciting talents in world football.
Many are interested to see how Haaland will fit into a team that has played without a No.9 - with considerable success - for the last two years, and there are still those who believe Guardiola does not like working with strikers. Evidence for that theory goes all the way back to the manager's time at Barcelona, when he built a team around a young Lionel Messi rather than the established Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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As well as being one of the best players in his generation, Ibrahimovic has also been one of the most outspoken and has made it crystal clear that he believes Guardiola does not like strikers or big characters in his dressing room. As Patrice Evra shows, that opinion is accepted by plenty more than a decade on.
Former City defender Lescott is looking forward to seeing Haaland in a City shirt, and believes he has already shown he has the confidence streak of Ibrahimovic that backs himself completely to perform no matter the circumstances. They may be outspoken, but they follow up their talk on the pitch.
“He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in that respect — not being afraid to say he wants 50 goals in a season or similar," Lescott told LiveScore. "We’re not used to seeing that
Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha believes Erling Haaland will have a huge impact on the Blues in more ways than one, insisting his arrival in the Premier League is comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United last summer.
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