Erling Haaland (2nd.l) will be a real asset to Borussia Dortmund, according to teammate Thomas Delaney (2nd.r). - © imago
Erling Haaland (2nd.l) will be a real asset to Borussia Dortmund, according to teammate Thomas Delaney (2nd.r). - © imago
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"It's a long time since Borussia Dortmund had a striker like Erling Haaland" - Thomas Delaney

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney has welcomed the signing of striker Erling Haaland, saying the Norwegian teenager will add another dimension to the BVB attack.

Haaland joined Dortmund on 29 December 2019, having scored 28 goals in 22 competitive appearances for Red Bull Salzburg during the first half of the season.

The 19-year-old was carrying a minor knee problem when he made the switch, though, so spent more time in the weights room than on the training pitches in his first few days at his new club's warm-weather training camp in Marbella, Spain.

Delaney, meanwhile, has been working on his own rehabilitation programme after damaging ankle ligaments whilst on international duty with Denmark in November.

"The other guys haven't seen too much of him, but I've seen a lot of him in the gym," Delaney told BVB.tv. "We can speak Danish/Norwegian together. Most of the other guys can't, so that's pretty good for us."

Despite only witnessing Haaland flex his goal-scoring muscle on the TV and in mid-season training, Delaney has seen enough of the Norway international to know that Dortmund have a massive talent on their hands.

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Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among his predecessors in the lone striker's role at BVB, and Delaney is in no doubt Haaland more than fits the profile.

"It's a long time since Dortmund had a striker like him," the Denmark international explained. "It's always a real positive to have that kind of forward, someone who doesn't just score goals and someone who isn't just big, but also quick and technical. He has that little something extra."

Haaland was a spectator for Dortmund's friendly draw with Standard Liege earlier in the week, but could make his unofficial debut in Saturday's double-header with Feyenoord and Mainz.

"We're going to score so many goals!" - Erling Haaland has been joking with new striker partner Paco Alcacer at Borussia Dortmund training. - imagoimages

Head coach Lucien Favre, however, has intimated his marquee winter signing will not be risked from the start when the Black-Yellows resume their Bundesliga campaign with a trip to Augsburg on 18 January.

"He hasn't been training long, so we're being cautious about how we bring him into the team," the Swiss tactician explained. "We'll integrate him into our system gradually, but when he's fit there's no doubt he'll bring us a lot of joy."