Agbonlahor: Premier League should fear Erling Haaland as new Man City plan revealed
Erling Haaland will come back “refreshed” for Man City after the World Cup break, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed the break will “100 per cent” be a positive for players not at the World Cup.
Man City have 16 players at the tournament, the most of any Premier League club, but Haaland is a notable absence after Norway failed to qualify.
The 22-year-old was called up for Norway’s international friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Finland but he did not make the squad for either.
He has only completed 90 minutes once for Man City since their 1-0 loss to Liverpool last month (16 October) as he nurses a foot injury.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News last month (24 October), Pep Guardiola revealed Haaland will spend part of the World Cup break in Marbella and his native country before returning to training.
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“I think it is going to be a 100 per cent positive for everyone,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Let’s not be silly here, these players are going to get a break in the season they are not used to and get some lovely, nice sun and can take it easy in training. Maybe training will get a bit strong over the break.
“They’re going to get stronger, the players, and come back refreshed.
“They will be buzzing with the break and I think Haaland will come back fresh, like it’s the start of a new season.”
Haaland scored 23 goals in 18 games across all competitions in the first half of the season.
He has 18 goals in just 13 Premier League games and is five away from matching Mohamed Salah and Heung-min Son’s tally that won the Golden Boot last season.