Erling Braut Håland became the first player since 2004 to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut and the Red Bull Salzburg star achieved this feat against Genk on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old’s father, Alf-Inge Håland, played for Leeds United and Manchester City close to two decades ago and the youngster was born in Leeds in 2000.
Less than a year after making his senior debut at the age of 15, he had admitted he’s fan of the Whites and dreams of winning the Premier League with them.
“I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did,” he told Aftenposten in February 2017.
Leeds lost Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht in the summer and his replacement, Eddie Nketiah, arrived on loan from Arsenal. In 2018, Marcelo Bielsa’s side invested heavily in signing Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough.
Salzburg found an agreement with Molde last summer for Håland to join the former in January 2019.
The teenager has publicly expressed his admiration for Leeds and had they tried in 2018, things may be different for both Håland and Leeds now.
Marcelo Bielsa may be ruing this one.