The international break is over, German football is back, and this won’t surprise anyone.
Our Bundesliga Player of the Week is …
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
On Saturday morning, Erling Haaland woke up to the news that he had won the Tuttosport Golden Boy award for 2020.
He ended the day with another matchball.
All the talk in the build up was about Youssoufa Moukoko and if the 16-year-old could become the youngest player in Bundesliga history. He did, but only because Haaland had put the game beyond doubt. By the time Moukoko took the Norwegian’s place, he’d scored four of Dortmund’s five goals and secured all three points.
“Erling scored four goals, that’ll do for today!” Dortmund boss Lucien Favre joked after the game. “It’s fantastic.”
Things weren’t going well at the break. After Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig had both dropped points, the pressure was on the Schwarzgelben to close the gap.
Dortmund had played fairly well but found themselves a goal down at half-time, with Haaland himself completely misreading the chance for a tap-in after some fine work from Raphaël Guerreiro.
He wouldn’t make the same mistake again.
Two minutes into the second half, Haaland found himself in his customary back-post position for another easy finish. One.
Another couple of minutes later, he made a beautiful run across the backline to collect a pass from Julian Brandt. He blasted past Alexander Schwolow. Two.
“The first goal was really good, the second one too. Everyone thought it was offside, but it wasn’t.”
By the 62nd minute, Dortmund were well on top, and Haaland showed his incredible turn of pace to pounce on a loose back pass and round Schwolow before stroking the ball home. Three.
Guerreiro added another and Hertha looked to get back into the game, scoring a penalty to make it 4-2 with 10 minutes to go, but Haaland responded within sixty seconds. Four.
With those goals, he set a new Bundesliga record for most goals after 22 appearances in the league, making it to 23 in those games, and became the youngest player to ever score four in a Bundesliga match.
“Erling has crazy instincts,” Axel Witsel said after the win. “Sometimes you don’t see him at all for 30 minutes but then he’s suddenly there and scores goals with barely any chances. He showed that again today to score four goals.
“We’re very happy that he’s with us.”
A Golden Boy indeed.