|Name||Jan Age Fjortoft|
|Org||Norway National Team|
|Club as Player||xxxx|
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Jan Age Fjortoft says Erling Haaland was right to snub a move to Manchester United] He’s unbelievable. I played with his dad, which makes me feel old. They’ve planned his career in a great way. He’s from a club in Norway called Bryne, then he went to Molde which is the best club [in Norway] to develop young players, with a manager named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He had offers from around Europe including a club called Juventus, which isn’t a bad place to play either. They went to Red Bull Salzburg because they felt that was the best place for him to develop. He did fantastic in the Champions League as we all see. He was wanted by clubs all over the place, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put himself on a private jet and went to Salzburg to talk him into going to Manchester United, but he chose to go to Dortmund because that was the best place to develop. Remember, he’s playing with [Jadon] Sancho, [Marco] Reus, [Julian] Brandt - brilliant players who can put him into positions. The tradition Dortmund have in developing players – [Ousmane] Dembele going to Barcelona, [Robert] Lewandowski going to Bayern, Dortmund can be up there.
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[former Norway international Jan Age Fjortoft says Erling Haaland is a striker in the Gary Lineker mould] Haaland has been the sensation of the season. Throughout his career, along with father Alf-Inge, he has been thinking of his development and what was the best arena for that. Right from the start, when I saw him score four for Molde against Bergen, I could see he had unbelievable movement and the eye of the tiger, a real hunger for goals. Juventus offered him a fantastic contract and there were lots of other clubs mentioned, but he chose Salzburg for his next stage
People see his goals, strength and enormous speed but what I noticed was how wise he is in creating space for himself. When I was younger I remember watching Gary Lineker. I couldn’t understand how one of the best strikers of that generation was always in so much room that he got the ball unmarked in front of goal. I spent hours watching videos, pressing rewind and fast forward trying to understand his runs. It’s a real skill that you shouldn’t underestimate and Erling has it as well. Dortmund was the perfect club for the next stage of his career, with that famous Yellow Wall and 81,000 fans at every home game. They have a tradition of taking good players and making them great, doing it with Aubameyang, Lewandowski, Mkhitaryan and Dembele. Now they are doing it with Haaland and Sancho. Erling enables them to stretch the game and that has given their technical players even more space. I know he wants to learn from everything. He is trying to do the right things. As far as I’m concerned he’s a kid with a great attitude, loved by his team-mates and not at all selfish on the pitch. That’s not always typical for somebody with so much talent. There’s one other thing. He was born in Leeds and his father played for two Premier League clubs, so he will end up in England one day.
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Jan Aage Fjortoft says Liverpool should do their best to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner this summer] He is good enough for Liverpool, and as with any team, when the best talent in Europe is available, they have to go for him. If you see Timo Werner this year, with Julien Nagelsmann, this big prospect of managers, he has turned him into a more complete player. He is now going deeper, a more complete player, and Nagelsmann should be proud of that. Timo Werner said if he will leave RB Leipzig, it will be abroad. Do I think he will go to Liverpool? It is hard to say in these times, as RB Leipzig’s CEO said there is no chance you will get a cut price for Timo Werner, but let’s be honest, if Liverpool want a player, they will get that player!
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Jan Age Fjortoft says Erling Haaland would be a good fit for Liverpool] At Dortmund, he has players like Julian Brandt who sees [his perfectly-timed runs]. He would be a good fit for any club and for Liverpool he is good – when he speaks about United, he speaks about Leeds United! I think he’ll end up in England at some stage, but he is 19 and we should make space to have five games without scoring. We should just wait and see how he is doing – he is at the right place now
The first time I saw him live was at Anfield when he came on and I was amazed that this young kid created so much space. He scored one goal but he could have had three or four – he was unbelievable. I was amazed how he created space and how I define that is how his runs are wise and experienced. After the game, I interviewed Van Dijk, who I always like to interview because he is a gentleman, and I said ‘I have to ask you about the Norwegian, Erling Haland’, and he just said: ‘Well, we won the game’. So I said ‘Yes, but what do you think about him?’. Van Dijk said: ‘I didn’t see a lot of him’ and he was a bit angry because there was some mistakes done, and I said ‘It’s a good sign for a striker when a defender says he didn’t see him!’ – and then he just went away, Van Dijk