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FPL new signings: Who is Man Utd forward Wout Weghorst?

Halloween may be over nine months away but, if you want to truly frighten a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager, two words should easily do the job. Wout Weghorst.

You see, the question isn’t so much ‘who is Weghorst?’ but more ‘why does Weghorst want to keep causing pain?’

His half-season at Burnley ended in relegation, two goals and multiple Double Gameweek failures, although the subsequent loan to Besiktas has been productive enough to persuade Manchester United into a loan move until the end of the season.

So can the 30-year-old forward provide adequate cover and is there a realistic chance of FPL redemption?

We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.


THE HISTORY

كيف تخطط لـ الدوبل جيم ويك في الجولة 26؟ 6

Upon last year’s £12m transfer to Burnley, we provided a Scout Report on Weghorst’s career so far.

A spell at Heracles led to AZ Alkmaar, who he joined in the summer of 2016 before proceeding to score 35 times over two seasons.

SeasonTeamAppsGoalsAssists
2022/2023Besiktas16 (0)84
2021/2022Burnley17 (3)23
2021/2022Wolfsburg17 (1)61
2020/2021Wolfsburg33 (1)208
2019/2020Wolfsburg30 (2)163
2018/2019Wolfsburg33 (1)177
2017/2018AZ Alkmaar31 (0)186
2016/2017AZ Alkmaar27 (6)173
2015/2016Heracles36(1)14
2014/2015Heracles27(4)85

This tempted Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to sign the 6ft 6in giant and enhance his reputation further thanks to 59 goals and 19 assists over the next three-and-a-half campaigns.

His rate began to slightly tail off as 2021/22 progressed and Wolfsburg were hovering just above the drop zone. To mix things up, in came Jonas Wind and Max Kruse, enabling Weghorst to move to the Premier League.

Leaving one relegation battle for another, the Dutchman’s new club suddenly had a lot of Double Gameweeks on the horizon. Indeed, two were in succession.

One goal and 14 points arrived during Double Gameweek 26, meaning over 971,000 managers bought Weghorst and 676,000 captained him for Gameweek 27’s matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

He blanked in both, bringing in a measly three points. It was part of an eight-match goalless run, although the upcoming Double Gameweek 31 ensured ownership barely dropped – in fact, he was the most-bought player heading into the double. Yet still nothing, just three points.

At this point, the FPL community ditched the now infamous Weghorst en masse. He naturally then scored in Double Gameweek 33, before ending the campaign as a Burnley substitute.

Still owned by the Clarets, Weghorst has had a good time in Turkey and came off the bench to score two dramatic goals against Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final.


PLAYING STYLE

Similar to the likes of Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll before him, Weghorst is initially judged on his height. Whilst it’s not entirely unfair to assume he succeeds because of aerial dominance, modern-day forwards can’t rely on that alone. Weghorst has other qualities.

“There’s little doubt that Weghorst is a traditional target man who can happily play with his back to goal if called upon, but he can also play as a very effective number nine too. His sheer physicality should help a lot in the Premier League. He’s also got an excellent eye for goal and is rarely wasteful in front of goal.

“It wasn’t so long ago that he was being linked with a move to Tottenham as a potential replacement to Harry Kane. And while I’m not sure he’s as good as the England striker, they are similar types of players. Or at least Weghorst is like the younger Kane, when he was still a number nine.” – Stefan Bienkowski, speaking to Lancashire Live in January 2022

“People see his height and presume he’s someone who flicks it on, wins the ball in the air and who you throw balls into the box for, but he’s better than that.

“He presses the ball really well – which is what everyone in the Bundesliga needs to do – and it feels like an excellent fit.” – Bundesliga journalist Matt Pearson, speaking to the i newspaper

His two Burnley goals were a lot less than the expected goals (xG) tally of 5.15. From his Gameweek 23 debut up until Gameweek 38, only three players underachieved by more.

At first glance, adding such a tall forward will please owners of Luke Shaw (£5.1m) and Christian Eriksen (£6.3m) but Man Utd are the league’s worst side for crossing the ball and having attempts from set plays.

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WHERE WEGHORST FITS IN AT MAN UNITED

So, although clearly not ten Hag’s preferred style, Weghorst now gives him a Plan B against more stubborn defences.

“I think in the balance of the offensive [players], he really fits in. I am really happy and I don’t think we had the type what he is. Most importantly, he can score goals from everywhere and he was always a surprise at every club, in every league.

“That is also what I expect here. For here, I expect a team player and someone who can link up, a player who will do his defending work and we are really happy to sign him.” – Erik ten Hag speaking to the Man Utd website

Such good hold-up play will also be good news for Marcus Rashford (£7.1m), although his FPL ownership is currently so high that only captaincy will provide a significant rank boost.

Weghorst will begin this loan spell as a backup to Anthony Martial (£6.6m) but the Frenchman is notoriously injury-prone and was even forced off at half-time during Saturday’s Manchester derby.

It’s an immediate reminder that Weghorst might see quite a lot of pitch time, especially as Man Utd are the only English side still in four competitions.


IS WEGHORST WORTH BUYING IN FPL?

Using the fixture planner of Legomane, which goes beyond the Premier League, we can see just how congested their schedule looks.

Carabao Cup semi-finals, FA Cup clashes and a two-legged Europa League tie with Barcelona are all imminent. Squad management will therefore be a factor, potentially ruling out Weghorst as an FPL option unless a significant injury crisis crops up.

All it would take, however, is a spell on the sidelines for Martial, at which point Weghorst may become a valid option for our frontlines.

Those at FPL headquarters have handed him a £6.0m price tag.


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351 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightf0x
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Kepa (ward)
    Triper botman walker (shaw saliba)
    Rash zaha almiron mahrez (martineli)
    Haland toney kane

    Which ?

    A) roll ft, g2g.
    B) walker to cancelo/mee/estupinan/dunk/ake
    C) zaha to macalister/mitoma/march
    D) almiron walker -4 to schar macalister/mitoma/march

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Like C, leaning towards mitoma

      1. Nightf0x
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cheers, likely will do this

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      c

  2. Scalper
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Wout Weghorst

    1. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Why in the world would they buy him???

  3. Rhodes your boat
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi all, any suggestions? 3.5itb. Thinking about upgrading Iversen or Patterson/b.williams

    Ward
    Trippier shaw white
    Kdb martinelli rashford almiron
    Kane haaland toney

    Iversen andreas Patterson b.williams

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      How many FTs

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        1ft

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Agree with the Iversen upgrade, then

          Many choices. Can't tell you which is best. But if you don't intend to rotate, I'd go Raya set-and-forget

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Thanks 🙂 Ideally ward would be a rotation option but the way they’ve been playing he wouldn’t be at the moment!

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Iversen out - possible check DGW coming & check after semi League cup blank fixtures - Maybe Ederson then look at option as you say with Patterson upgrade & maybe B Williams afterwards to ensure cover

  4. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Foghorn Weghorst!

  5. Mirror Man
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Solanke

    • Scalper
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Wood

    • Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ah, the memories

      And to be clear, I do mean the nightmares

      1. Qaiss
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        That Norwich away 59th minute sub 1 pointer… thought what am I doing with my life at that moment

    • The Wheeler Dealer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Kepa (Ward)
      Shaw Trippier Botman (Castagne Doherty)
      Saka Martinelli KDB Rashford (Andreas)
      Haaland Kane Martial

      A) Martial > Toney/Wilson
      B) Doherty > White
      C) KDB > Fernandes
      D) Andreas > Mitoma/March

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        A Toney

        1. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Agree

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Almiron to Odegaard or Andreas to Mitoma worth a FT or just save it?

      Ederson
      Trippier Schar Shaw
      KDB Martinelli Rashford Almiron
      Haaland Kane Toney

      Kepa Andreas White Bueno

      1. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        No idea who you'll bench here, so I'd just roll and then decide with 2 FTs and a possible DGW in GW22

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          If I got Ode he'd just replace Almiron in the team but I think you're right, best waiting till next week and maybe do it then

      2. tokara
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Good team

      3. RICICLE
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I like Almiron to Ode

      4. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Save it - Roll FT

      5. agueroooooney
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I have close to the same team (Kepa and Mitro though) and I'm looking at doing Almiron/Andreas -> Odegaard this week. Will just wait the end of the week in case of any more injury/DGW info

    • Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I just noticed Mitrovic didn't play which is great because I have Ben White as first on the bench! WOOHOO!!

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I’d love this to be real

      2. Robe Wan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Lol

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Nice - I get Solly March! https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2939620/event/20/
        Thank you Mitro

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Even better. Well done!

          1. Ram sey Coq uel in
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Am I missing something , or are you ?

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        You’re in for disappointment and 0 points then!

      5. JT11fc
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Haha!

    • romperstomper
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Zanka (brentford) played 90m 4 games in a row and then in the last game only 8m. Is he nailed and will he be back starting? or are his minutes uncertain? I'm looking for a 4m def and already have Bueno and patterson is injured

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I think must be tactical as not showing on Brentford injury list worth watching as at 4.0m defender good spot

        https://www.premierinjuries.com/teams/brentford

    • Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      The rank killer that is Mr Weghorst

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        mins v price v performance could be one to watch

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I’ve been very hit-averse this season but I think it might be time. Have 2.2m ITB and 0 FT.

      DDG
      Walker Schär Trippier
      KdB Rashford Fernandes Almiron
      Haaland Toney Mitro

      Bench: Ward Saliba Azpi Andreas

      A) Andreas > Mitoma/March
      B) Fernandes > Mitoma/March
      C) Leave it as is

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        C. not worth a hit

      2. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Easy C

      3. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        c

    • ZimZalabim
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      The return of Wout "The Drought" Weghorst

      1. Mirror Man
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Wout the Drought. Absolutely tremendous stuff here. Upvotes aplenty.

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        If you have Ramsdale White & Ødegaard
        Who to ditch to get Saka later for DGW 23 ?
        A- Ramsdale > Pope
        B- White > Botman /Schär

        1. JT11fc
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          A

        2. Shark Team
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Prefer B assuming you can bench the defs so you have start Ramsdale on 25 when Pope likely blanks

        3. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          B

      3. RICICLE
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Hennessey now a decent bench GK option compared to Ward? Or just keep Ward?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Hendo is only out for 4 weeks, plus Hendo is part of the reason for the clean sheets.

          1. RICICLE
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 5 months ago

            This is true, was purely just out of curiosity really, not like i need to desperately save 0.1 i suppose.

        2. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Ward playing at the moment - depending ITB money keep if a back up keeper if first choice then maybe look to switch in the coming GW as Leicester form since WC gone downhill

          1. RICICLE
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 5 months ago

            This make sense cheers BT

      4. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        How is everyone at the moment with GW 20 points - anyone scored well with how many to play in GW20?

        1. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Currently I have 58points with six to play?

        2. RICICLE
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Dreadful, 33 with 5 to play

          1. Bluetiger1
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Sorry to hear Ricicle - understand the wildcard

            1. RICICLE
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Cheers bud, just cannot get anything right week after week, had enough so needed a complete refresh.

              This was my team before WC’ing. Probably mad when you look at it, but I don't regret playing it.

              Ward
              Trippier - Shaw - Akanji
              Martinelli - Salah - Rashford - Almiron
              Kane - Haaland - Mitro
              _________________________________
              Iversen: Andreas: Cucu: B.Williams

              Just awful week after week, something needed changing drastically.

              1. Bluetiger1
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                Prior to WCing on paper looks good.

                Hopefully your five players in GW20 remaining fixtures if in Premier League City win (wishful thinking) - Akanji scores/Haaland double/Kane scores/United win with clean sheet & goals for Shaw/Rashford

                I have found this the most challenging ever with FPL as teams like Liverpool/Chelsea out of sorts & surprise teams like Brighton/Brentford/Fulham getting brilliant results - throwing the usual formatting out of the window.

                I have had two green one red arrow after WC matches where I took a total break from fantasy football to recharge batteries - now feeling refreshed & looking for third green arrow out of four.

                Looking to second half of the season massive climb & now trying to hold back making transfers until fixtures confirmed & after mid-week games if any injuries. Nervous on players with four bookings at the moment

                1. RICICLE
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 5 months ago

                  Yeah for sure, on paper looks decent, but so many issues going on at the same time, it’s because like you say….the normal formatting has gone out the window.

                  Keeping faith too long in Salah was a big part of it, award as the sole goalkeeper, no double NEW defence and too late on Shaw from the off, Cucu and B.Williams were never gonna get me much. Would of taken too long to change all this with FT’s and tired of taking hits.
                  Having the same player ms as everyone else also never gonna get me anywhere, especially in ML’s.
                  So a lot needed changing. I don’t regret playing the WC, and hoping to navigate blanks and DGW’s ok with free’s and some hits.
                  I always start terribly and then always seem to have a stormer second half of season, so fingers crossed the trend continues 🙂

                  Yeah it’s wise to hold back on transfers for now, I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out on anything changing prior to deadline.

                  Fingers crossed all of what you envision there comes true haha! A goal from akanji would be most welcome!

                  Really hope you gain thst third Green arrow Buddy, a break has done me good too but not when the misery continues haha!

        3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          First decent week in a very, very long time (so far anyway), 63 with 4 plus hopefully Dalot to go. Could all change if Haaland picks things up against Spurs though and nullifies my punt on Rashford as captain

          1. Bluetiger1
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Good choice with Rashford - I'm hoping on Haaland as his my captain & was going to go Rashford but forgot about Friday game (ah) with Haaland form dipped since WC - feel city should now play with two up as they adjust to no force number 9 this season -however, cannot afford not to have in my starting team

            1. Bluetiger1
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Haaland & Avarez upfront & change style slightly to utilise Haaland more

              1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                It's definitely an option he can try out, especially given Alvarez's good form at the WC
                Although if he's playing it generally seems KDB doesn't and I wonder if he'll want to make sure he keeps playing given he briefly looked more like himself against ManUtd after a lot of games where he wasn't great

              2. The Big Fella
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                Pep more likely to play Ederson up front with Haaland to try and come across as some kind of savant. Always overthinking things....

        4. Letsgo!
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          73 pts with capt rash, haaland, kdb and shaw to play

          1. RICICLE
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Jesus! Just why can I never reach these heights lol

          2. Bluetiger1
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            All the best in remaining GW20 games

        5. Steve Stiffler
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Got luck with 62 and 5 to play (rashford captain too). Hopefully Stones doesnt play so I can get Whites points off the bench.

        6. robdag
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Mixed bag. 48 with 6 to play (including TC Haaland). Wish I had saved my 2nd FT though and not gone Kepa to Ederson.

      5. Onz
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Only 45 points with 6 to play, if Stones gets pitch time or Mitrovic will come in from the bench with 0

        1. Onz
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Reply fail ^

      6. Letsgo!
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Bailey to mitoma or march?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Mitoma

        2. Haa-lala-land
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Surely keep Bailey for the next two. Seems sideways going to a Brighton mid now, especially when you never know which one of the will return.
          Almiron to a Brighton mid makes sense however

      7. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yesterday was ready to get March, decided to go against and today im considering Mitoma. Is this the right choice or maybe I want March tomorrow? Everytime I watch Brighton lately Mitoma can get a 15 pointer for fun

        1. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Looking at two on current form I would go March

      8. Jase3377
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        What time is price changes guys?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          30 minutes from now

          1. Jase3377
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Thanks mate

      9. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Would you bench Martinelli/Rashford to play Almiron?

        1. I Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          No.

        2. Bluetiger1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          No

      10. RICICLE
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Was gonna leave it but may as well post an update before I get off to bed.

        This is now my WC team as it stands:

        Raya
        Schär - Akanji - Trippier
        March - KDB - Rashford - Ødegaard
        Kane - Toney - Haaland
        ______________________________
        Ward: Martinelli: Shaw: White

        0.3 left ITB

        Only thing I’m still on the fence on is:

        A) Martinelli + Toney
        B) Saka + Ferguson
        C) DDG instead of Raya

        But other than these small things, it’s looking ok thus far?

        Cheers gents, the help I’ve received on this by the way has been awesome!

      11. Steve Stiffler
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Mitro to Toney. Should I do before he drops?

        1. Scalper
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I'm sticking with Mitro for now. Feels like a luxury move with 2 DGWs coming up.

        2. Shark Team
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I own Toney but I would want to switch to Mitro in 23 so I don’t know if this move is worth

          1. Steve Stiffler
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            planning on doing Salah & Greenwood > March & Kane (-4) the week after maybe

      12. Dynamic Duos
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        He is that guy who couldn't hit a barn door for Burnley

      13. Hy liverpool
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Risers: Mitoma (5.0)

        Fallers: Darwin (8.8) Trossard (6.7) Guedes(5.8) Summerville (4.2)

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 15 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Cheers.

      14. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Bruno Guimaraes will possibly miss Newcastle’s game at Palace which isn’t good for Almiron. All Bruno’s assists were for Almiron’s goals

        1. JT11fc
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Yup, ima sell

          1. Shark Team
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            I’m between Odegaard Mitoma March. Maybe this gw get a BHA mid hopefully the right one (Mitoma I think)

            1. JT11fc
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Yup, cant go too far wrong with Mitoma. Part of me is still hoping Mcallister gets pushed into Lallana's position, but too risky

              1. Shark Team
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                This may happen with Gross back on CM but imo the low-blocks teams BHA will face in the next few gws will need Macallister as CM. He is a great option ofc and on set pieces, also March is on corners. Mitoma though is the pick I think being better week by week

      15. FCHaalandaise
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Triple Newcastle Def?

        1. FCHaalandaise
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Good idea?

            1. FCHaalandaise
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Thank you

      16. Manumana
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Hi. What teams are likely to blank in the up coming fixtures?

        Thanks a lot

      17. Jengkreng
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Man city vs wolves gw 21...i have feeling pep will bench kdb and halland for foden amd alvarez because only 2 rest day...or im wrong?

        1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          KDB certainly may happen, he's played a lot of games in a row. Not sure on Haaland but given City's struggles of late he may use it as a chance to try something different perhaps