The former Tottenham Hotspur man has warned that whoever lands Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland could beat Chelsea to the Premier League title next season.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has warned Chelsea and Marina Granovskaia that missing out on Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland could mean missing out on next season’s Premier League title under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea have long been linked with the Norweigan striker who has started life in Germany in remarkable goalscoring fashion.
Still just 20-years-old, the big centre-forward only moved to Germany just over a year ago but has already notched 43 goals in his first 43 games.
And that has seen him show up on Chelsea’s radar both under Frank Lampard and his successor, Tuchel.
The youngster has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus amid his rich vein of form with talk that a £65m release clause can be triggered during the summer of 2022. But that could spark clubs to move sooner, offering Dortmund a sum larger during the summer of 2021 to beat off any competition.
Whoever lands Haaland will be adding one of world football’s most exciting striker’s to their ranks – but Crouch has gone one step further as he offered his verdict on the youngster’s transfer future to the Daily Mail, predicting that if a Premier League club can land his signature they will win the title next season.
“I can’t get enough of this fella,” Crouch said. “What a player we are watching. He’s 20 and he is running over the top of grown men.
“He is so physically strong, he’s got such exhilarating pace and can score with either foot or his head.
“He is the player I want to see more than anyone in the Premier League,” he continued.
“To give you an idea of how highly I rate him, I will put it in these terms: if Manchester City buy him, they win the title next year. If Liverpool buy him, they win the title. If Manchester United buy him, they’ll be right there.
“My worry would be that if he ended up going to City, following in the footsteps of his Dad, Alfie, then everyone else would need to give up.”
Adding: “He’s an incredible player and if you added him to a team that is already close to being the best in Europe, that would be it.”