Haaland, Foden, Saka: Which U21 player has the most goal contributions in 21/22?

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Norwegian striker has already undergone a medical and his release clause – which is believed to be somewhere around €60 million – will soon be paid by the Premier League champions.

City’s acquisition of Haaland is pretty scary for the rest of European football, as it’s hard to envisage a world in which he doesn’t score a ridiculous amount of goals for the club.

The 21-year-old is already one of the best strikers on the planet, which is proven by the fact that he’s netted 85 goals in just 88 games across all competitions at Dortmund.

In 2021/22, Haaland’s been as lethal as ever, despite missing chunks of the campaign with various injuries.

He’s been restricted to just 29 appearances, but still has 28 goals and eight assists to his name.

Erling Haaland in action for Borussia Dortmund
FUERTH, GERMANY – MAY 07: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between SpVgg Greuther Fürth and Borussia Dortmund at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer on May 07, 2022 in Fuerth, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

However, Haaland is not the player aged 21 or under with the most goal contributions in European football this season.

The former Red Bull Salzburg man has to make do with second place in that regard.

Let’s take a look at the top 25 over on Transfermarkt

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The 25 U21 players with the most G+A in 2021/22

25. Sofiane Diop, 21 (AS Monaco) – 16

Goals: 9 | Assists: 7

24. Kaly Sene, 20 (FC Basel) – 16

Goals: 11 | Assists: 5

23. Tomas Cvancara, 21 (Sparta Prague) – 16

Goals: 16 | Assists: 0

22. Rodrygo Goes, 21 (Real Madrid) – 17

Goals: 8 | Assists: 9

21. Yari Verschaeren, 20 (Anderlecht) – 17

Goals: 9 | Assists: 8

Yari Verschaeren in action for Belgium
Soccer Football – Euro 2020 Qualifier – Group I – Belgium v San Marino – King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium – October 10, 2019 Belgium’s Yari Verschaeren in action REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

20. Orkun Kokcu, 21 (Feyenoord) – 17

Goals: 9 | Assists: 8

19. Yira Sor, 21 (Slavia Prague) – 18

Goals: 10 | Assists: 8

18. Dominik Szoboszlai, 21 (RB Leipzig) – 18

Goals: 10 | Assists: 8

17. Benjamin Sesko, 18 (Red Bull Salzburg) – 18

Goals: 11 | Assists: 7

16. Bukayo Saka, 20 (Arsenal) – 18

Goals: 12 | Assists: 6

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka in action vs Chelsea
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

15. Jonathan Burkardt, 21 (Mainz) – 18

Goals: 14 | Assists: 4

14. Jude Bellingham, 18 (Borussia Dortmund) – 19

Goals: 6 | Assists: 13

13. Gamid Agalarov, 21 (Ufa) – 19

Goals: 18 | Assists: 1

12. Sergio Gomez, 21 (Anderlecht) – 21

Goals: 5 | Assists: 16

11. Fabio Vieira, 21 (FC Porto) – 22

Goals: 7 | Assists: 15

FC Porto's Fabio Vieira in action
PORTO, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 17: Fabio Vieira of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg One match between FC Porto and SS Lazio at Estadio do Dragao on February 17, 2022 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

10. Yunus Akgun, 21 (Galatasaray) – 22

Goals: 8 | Assists: 14

9. Florian Wirtz, 19 (Bayer Leverkusen) – 24

Goals: 10 | Assists: 14

8. Adam Hlozek, 19 (Sparta Prague) – 25

Goals: 11 | Assists: 14

7. Noah Okafor, 21 (Red Bull Salzburg) – 25

Goals: 14 | Assists: 11

6. Phil Foden, 21 (Manchester City) – 25

Goals: 14 | Assists: 11

Phil Foden during Man City vs Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 04: Phil Foden of Manchester City FC in action during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

5. Joshua Zirkzee, 20 (Anderlecht) – 27

Goals: 17 | Assists: 10

4. Charles De Ketelaere, 21 (Club Brugge) – 27

Goals: 18 | Assists: 9

3. Karim Adeyemi, 20 (Red Bull Salzburg) – 31

Goals: 23 | Assists: 8

2. Erling Haaland, 21 (Borussia Dortmund) – 36

Goals: 28 | Assists: 8

  1. Vinicius Junior, 21 (Real Madrid) – 37

Goals: 18 | Assists: 19

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior points
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid points during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Vinicius is currently one ahead of Haaland and it’s likely the Real Madrid man will remain at the top, as he has more games remaining in the season – including the Champions League final.

The Premier League is represented by Haaland’s soon-to-be City teammate Foden and Saka, while Bellingham is the other English player to feature.

Gareth Southgate will certainly be pleased with that ahead of the World Cup later this year…

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