African All Stars

Five Africans who could replace Haaland at Borussia Dortmund

12:36 PM GMT 11/12/2021
The prolific Norwegian could be in search of a new adventure and we take a look at African stars who could come in as his replacement

Erling Haaland is undoubtedly one of the hottest young players in the world right now and arguably the best young striker in Europe, alongside Kylian Mbappe.

Having netted 74 goals and 19 assists in 72 games for Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian is at the forefront of transfer plans for just about every top club in Europe's top five leagues.

The marksman's super-agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed there is a 'big chance' of a blockbuster transfer to Real Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the summer when his supposed release clause comes into play.

Dortmund are shrewd operators in the transfer market, with their business model seeing them acquire many young gems down the years who developed into world-class superstars. 

The Black and Yellows are expected to pull off another transfer coup when Haaland finally leaves and we are looking at possible African strikers who could be making a sensational move to replace the sought-after Norwegian at Signal Iduna Park.

  • Paul Onuachu Genk 2021-22

    Paul Onuachu

    The Nigerian forward has yet failed to secure a big move away from Genk after a fantastic campaign that saw 35 goals in all competitions last season. The Belgian League top scorer and Player of The Year has kept his head down in the ongoing season with 12 goals and three assists in 23 games for the Smurfs.

    Onuachu might be getting his deserved big break in Dortmund's frantic search for a clinical goalscorer and their propensity to blood talents for profit might be perfect for both parties.

  • Sebastien Haller

    Sebastien Haller

    The 27-year-old has taken Europe's premier cup competition by storm in his debut season as he became the first player to score ten goals in six consecutive Champions League matches as well as just the second man after Cristiano Ronaldo to net in all six group games.

    Haller has 19 goals and six assists in 21 games in all competitions for Ajax which is a far cry from his days struggling in an unfamiliar target man role at West Ham. The Ivorian is showing his pedigree with more goals in the UCL than in the league and that could sway BVB into bringing him back to German football.

  • Patson Daka of Zambia and Leicester City.

    Patson Daka

    The 23-year-old already replaced Haaland admirably at RB Salzburg which earned him a move to Leicester City last summer after becoming top scorer and Player of the Year in the Austrian Bundesliga. 

    The Zambian made just his first Premier League start in last week's away loss to Aston Villa, having been eased into the team via the Europa League where he is the second-top scorer in the competition. The Foxes disappointingly crashed out of Europe's second-tier competition into the inaugural Europa Conference League and their inconsistent league form has prompted genuine worries over their qualification for Europe next season.

    Dortmund might be the biggest benefactors of an unsuccessful project at Leicester but they will have to pay big money for the prolific Zambia International

  • Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace

    Wilfried Zaha

    The Ivorian star has found it an impossible task to leave Crystal Palace where he has attained legendary status but craves a well-deserved move to a Champions League club.

    Already the Eagles' top scorer in their Premier League history, the 29-year-old has seen promising interest knocked back down the years but he remains one of Palace's top performers in Patrick Vieira's new era.

    Dortmund could prove to be Zaha's belated big break as they have been credited with previous interest. Although he is not a specialist centre-forward like Haaland, the Palace man would be joining a sensational attacking rank.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin.

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    After six years on the books of Liverpool without making a single competitive appearance, the Nigerian signed permanently for Union Berlin and has become a marksman for the Iron Ones.

    Awoniyi is currently enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career, with nine Bundesliga goals behind only Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Shick and Haaland himself.

    His 14 strikes and three assists in 24 matches have been golden for the high-flying Berlin side and Dortmund will have taken note of his exploits from close quarters. With a maximum of two international tournaments presenting an opportunity to raise his stock in 2022, the German heavyweights will be looking to take on a potentially profitable project for both parties.