English Premier League side Everton refused to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Halaand after a four-day trial.
According to the club’s former Head of European Recruitment, Ian Atkins, while speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the club refused to sign the player as a teen a decision they might be regretting going by how the player has risen through the years.
According to Atkins, the club’s then-Scandinavia-based talent spotter Brian King had spotted the emerging skills of the striker whilst he built a name for himself at Bryne FK, while contacts across Norway were already buzzing with talk of the country’s up-and-coming sensation.
“King was really excited about this kid. He’d watched Haaland a lot and rated him really highly. He gets on to the club and manages to get him in for four days with the academy so that the coaches can have a look at him and see what they think.
“He comes in for four days and the academy decided he wasn’t good enough, something that Brian King didn’t agree with. He thought there was a real talent in there, but they didn’t agree. He was one that got away for Everton, but you get that in football. I think Haaland would have suited the English game,” Atkins said.
It was after his failed trial spell that Haaland agreed to join a then-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed Molde FK, where his efforts would lead to a move to RB Salzburg and later Borussia Dortmund.