When assessing whether Dortmund’s Erling Haaland or France’s top star Kylian Mbappe would be more valuable to FC Barcelona, former Barca star Hristo Stoichkov might decide against Haaland.
In an exclusive interview with SPOX and goal the Bulgarian said that Haaland could be more effective in the current system. “But when the coach [Johan] Cruyff, I would sign Mbappe first, “he added.
Haaland (20) and Mbappe (22) are considered the big top stars of the next few years, both are already scoring goals on the assembly line. Stoichkov, who played for Barcelona from 1990 to 1995 and 1996 to 1998, sees Mbappe as the more flexible player type, unlike Haaland. Cruyff would have played without a real number nine during his time as Barca coach (1988-1996). “He would play with Dembele and Mbappe, with Messi behind them,” believes the 55-year-old.
Stoichkov sees a lot of potential in the Catalans’ current squad. “With two or three new signings you can build a really competitive team,” he says: “You need a left-back because Alba is no longer wanted. Then I would get Alaba because he can play in three positions and good at all three. And then just Haaland or Mbappe. “