Erling Haaland has told Amazon Prime – as per BBC Live – that he had Eirik Bakke on the back of his Leeds United shirt as a child after the Manchester City striker scored a brace on Wednesday night, at Elland Road in a 3-1 win.
Haaland, 22, has plenty of connections with Leeds. Born in Leeds, his Father – Alf Inge Haaland – played for both Leeds and Manchester City. He is often seen speaking with Leeds players, like Stuart Dallas on international duty.
On Wednesday night, Haaland played for the first time at Elland Road. Unfortunately for us, it was for Manchester City. He scored twice and could have scored even more – taking his tally of Premier League goals to a huge 20.
City cruised to a 3-1 win and had it not been for Illan Meslier, it might have been five or six. Speaking after the match, Haaland shared that Bakke was the name on the back of his shirt. A Leeds icon, and a Norway international.
“My father and mother were watching. I’m happy – a special moment in my career. When I was young, I had an Eirik Bakke shirt in my room. In my craziest fantasy, I couldn’t think of being at Elland Road and scoring for Man City.”
Haaland had Bakke on back of Leeds shirt as a child
A real shame that Haaland never tried his luck in a Leeds shirt. There are rumours he could have joined Leeds from Molde, or Salzburg. But ultimately, Haaland has gone on to become one of the world’s best players, eclipsing us.
Maybe later on in his career, given his underlying love for Leeds, there might be a chance to bring him to Elland Road. But Leeds might have to wait more than a decade for such an eventuality. Positives for Leeds, though.