Robinson issues emphatic Erling Haaland verdict after source's Man City reveal
Paul Robinson has claimed Man City manager Pep Guardiola “needs to get” as many minutes as possible out of Erling Haaland prior to the World Cup.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one claimed the Premier League champions “miss” Haaland, 23, when sidelined.
Haaland made his return from injury in Man City’s game against Fulham on Saturday (5 November).
The Norway international proved to be the match-winner at the Etihad, scoring a stoppage time winner from the spot.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (5 November), Guardiola suggested Haaland was lacking “rhythm” after “two to three weeks without training”.
Sources have told Football Insider (5 November) that the club have faith in Haaland’s professionalism and understanding of his body.
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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest, Robinson said: “City are in a position where they have to win games.
“Arsenal are not showing any signs of slowing up. City need to power on.
“You do not sign a player like Haaland for that amount of money and then give him a week off when there is a World Cup coming up that he is not going to play in. He is going to have six weeks off soon.
“Pep Guardiola needs to get as much out of him as he can before that. If Haaland is fit he plays.
“From a manager’s point of view, the World Cup is of no interest.
“They miss him when he doesn’t play because they have become used to playing with a recognised number nine. Look at the goals they have scored this season.”