Man City signing Haaland may cause dressing room drama - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

11th May, 2022 | 9:10pm

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Alex McLeish has suggested Erling Haaland’s arrival could cause some players to become unhappy at Man City.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 21-year-old could see the game time of certain senior stars drop from next season.

City confirmed on Tuesday (10 May) they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Haaland this summer, subject to personal terms.

Pep Guardiola has often played with a false nine during his time at City.

McLeish suggested playing Haaland as an out-and-out number nine could cause some players to grow frustrated behind closed doors.

Asked if Haaland’s arrival is good news for those who have been playing the false nine role, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Good question. These guys probably enjoy the false nine role.

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“Slipping into those little pockets, coming short, getting on the ball, people running beyond them. Such are their skills of retaining possession and turning and running at people, it’s just another string in the bow for Guardiola.

“It re-emphasises the power that City have. The signings City have made over the years have all been top players. Some of the boys that have come through the academy have turned into world-class players as well.

“You’ve got to hand it to Pep. He must have fantastic managerial skills to manage all those lads and keep them all happy. Somewhere down the line, somebody’s not going to be too happy.

“But by and large, if you keep the majority of the squad happy then that’s the answer.”

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have featured as a false nine this season.

Gabriel Jesus is the only recognised senior striker at City.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Man City readying bid for goalscoring midfielder.