Inter defender Stefan de Vrij believes that Norway goalscorer Erling Haaland is a similar player to his former Nerazzurri teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Speaking to Dutch news outlet Nieuwsblad, the 29-year-old spoke about the qualities that the young Norway and Borussia Dortmund striker who opened the scoring in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with the Netherlands has, and compared them to his former club teammate.
The qualifier, Louis Van Gaal’s first game in his return to the Dutch national side, was not an easy ride for the Oranje, although in the end they earned a point from the clash.
Haaland in particular is a player who many would have identified as a danger man for the Norwegian team, and the end it was the young Dortmund star who found the back of the net first and prevented the Netherlands from taking all three points.
This was not for lack of preparations, however, as de Vrij explains that he knew what dealing with Haaland would be like as he had experience training with Belgium and Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku, whose qualities he compares to the Norwegian.
“He reminds me of Romelu,” de Vrij said of Haaland, “obviously I played a lot against him during training. You can compare them in terms of their style of play. So I knew what to expect.”