Former footballer Joe Cole has made a bold prediction regarding Erling Haaland, suggesting that the Manchester City striker has the potential to go down as one of the greatest strikers of all time within the next five years. Cole’s remarks come amidst ongoing debates about Haaland’s status in the pantheon of football’s legendary goalscorers.
In a recent discussion with Peter Crouch on FIVE’s official YouTube channel, Cole and Crouch debated which tier Haaland should be placed in among legendary strikers. While Crouch acknowledged Haaland’s undeniable talent but emphasized the importance of longevity in achieving GOAT (greatest of all time) status, Cole made a compelling case for Haaland’s potential trajectory.
Cole suggested that while Haaland may currently belong in the “world-class” tier, his exceptional abilities could elevate him to the “elite” tier within the next five years, ultimately propelling him into GOAT territory. Despite Crouch’s emphasis on longevity as a criterion for greatness, Cole highlighted the unpredictability of future achievements, citing examples like Ronaldo Nazario, who despite injury setbacks, had already amassed numerous accolades early in his career.
The discussion culminated in Haaland’s inclusion in the elite tier of strikers, with both Cole and Crouch recognizing the Norwegian’s immense talent and potential for future greatness.
While opinions may differ on Haaland’s current status among football’s greatest strikers, Cole’s assertion underscores the widespread acknowledgment of Haaland’s exceptional talent and the anticipation surrounding his future achievements. As Haaland continues to showcase his unique skills on the pitch, speculation about his potential legacy in football’s annals is sure to persist, with Cole’s prediction adding further fuel to the debate.