- Jul 16, 2005
A little apples to oranges, though, isn't it? Haaland is three years older and a different position. Unless you are a hardcore Molde fan, I doubt anyone knew about Haaland at age 17. Don't get me wrong, I will take both on any of the teams I root for today. And I am just basing this on the 60 whatever minutes I saw of Camavinga against inferior competition, but the kid looks legit. And he wasn't flopping around at all except for when he was taken out by a poor timed challenge (which got the deserved yellow for the opponent).That seems a little over-the-top, at least in terms of best young players. Camavinga is extremely impressive for his age but its hard to be a truly dominant player as a non-goal scoring central midfielder and he has a lot of growth ahead of him before becoming a dominant player. In contrast, Haaland - who hasn't really played any more first team football in a real league than Camavinga - is not only a goal scoring player but might already be one of the five best center forwards in the world.
Also, I feel like its relatively rare for a teenager to break through as a box to box CMF, probably because a mistake there can be more disastrous than out wide or up top. That's more anecdotal than anything.
Whatever the case, he gets 2 games each against Sevilla, Chelsea, and PSG to showcase his talents. Then he can pick the club he wants to suit up for the next few years.