Glenn Hoddle has said that he would not pay to watch Manchester City marksman Erling Haaland live in the flesh.
Many have held the same opinion about the £51.2 million (Eurosport) man, who has been branded as ‘boring’ to watch by several fans in particular.
Glenn Hoddle has seemingly made the same implication about Erling Haaland, who recently broke the all-time Premier League goal record for a single season.
Glenn Hoddle says he would not pay to watch Erling Haaland live
Largely, it has been widely accepted that the Norwegian striker is a phenomenon, with Gary Neville calling him ‘unbelievable’ as well.
However, many believe that as brilliant as the 22-year-old, he is not an entertainer in the same ilk as other elite players.
Glenn Hoddle seems to agree about this opinion surrounding Erling Haaland.
“He’s world-class now and he’s only going to get better. He’s one of those players…if you asked me, ‘would you go and pay money to go and watch?’ I’d go, ‘Yeah, I’d go and watch Messi, I’ll go and watch Ronaldo, I’ll go and watch the great Maradona and people like Zola and Bergkamp’, he told talkSPORT.
“Would I go and pay money to go and see Haaland? Probably not, actually. But he’s a world-class finisher, if you see my point. He’s great for a team. If you support City, you know you have a chance with him in your team.”
MCN View: The eye-test is subjective
Considering Glenn Hoddle has acknowledged how spectacular Erling Haaland already is, he has the right to claim that his style of play is not his cup of tea from a watchability perspective.
Ultimately, football is a source of entertainment for the masses and any fan, pundit or ex-player is moved by different aspects of the game.
For instance, some may prefer to tune into Pep Guardiola’s possession-based brand of football to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ approach to the game and vice-versa.
As long as the eye-test does not take away from the player’s magnificence, the opinion remains a fair one.