Haaland

Erling Haaland might have scored twice against Greuther Furth on Wednesday night, but it was his activity after the final whistle that made the headlines.

Haaland made his way around all four sides of Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, waving to supporters and patting his heart as he went, in a gesture that was unusual for a fixture of relatively little note.

Was it simply reflective of the time of year, with the Norwegian knowing it would be the last time he would play in front of his home fans this year and wanting to thank them for their support in 2021? Or does the Norwegian expect it to be the last time he plays at the ground as a Dortmund player?

Whatever the truth, it got tongues wagging and, with super agent Mino Raiola in Haaland’s corner, it’s likely that the 21-year-old will leave at some point, particularly as there is believed to have been a tacit agreement between them and the Dortmund hierarchy that the striker would only stay at the club for two years, which it has now been.

The 2021/22 Bundesliga title race

Haaland’s two goals saw Dortmund keep the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga and the striker continues to have a remarkable strike rate in the competition, registering a goal every 62 minutes.

That’s better than Robert Lewandowski and Patrick Schick, the only two players with more league goals than him this term.

In his short Dortmund career, Haaland now has 76 goals and 20 assists in just 74 games. It’s no wonder Europe’s heavyweights continue to covet him.

Borussia Dortmund play their last fixture of 2021 on December 18 when they travel to face Hertha Berlin. They will return to league action in 2022 on January 8 against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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