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Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic is open to the possibility of pairing Erling Haaland with late teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko.
Erling Haaland could be used alongside Youssoufa Moukoko when he returns from injury in January, suggested Borussia Dortmund interim head coach Edin Terzic.
Prolific forward Haaland had been in good shape for Dortmund before injuring his hamstring in training earlier this month, forcing him to pull out of BVB’s last six games.
However, Dortmund’s latest teen prodigy Moukoko has benefited from Haaland’s absence, making his way to the team at just 16 years old and starting his two most recent games.
He scored in Friday’s 2-1 loss at Union Berlin to become the youngest scorer in the Bundesliga, having already been the youngest player to appear in the competition after coming off the bench against Hertha Berlin a day after turning 16 last month.
The Dortmund academy product also became the youngest player to appear in the Champions League when he appeared as a substitute in the second half against Zenit at the age of 16 years and 18 days, breaking Celestine Babayaro’s record. .
The young hitting duo has many similarities, including that they both favor their left foot, but Terzic is open to the idea of pairing them in the coming weeks.
Speaking at a press conference previewing DFB-Pokal’s second-round trip to Eintracht Braunschweig on Tuesday, he said: “If we ever get the feeling that we can use both Erling and Youssoufa at the same time … why not?”
Haaland, who has scored 17 goals for Dortmund in all competitions this season, will play no role against second-division Braunschweig as he continues to recover from injury.
However, Terzic, put in charge until the end of the campaign following the departure of Lucien Favre just over a week ago, has provided a positive update on the Norwegian international’s rehabilitation program.
“I saw it for the first time today,” Terzic said Monday. “We are happy and things are looking up for him. He is completely on schedule in terms of time and we assume that he will return immediately in early January.”
Ten of Haaland’s goals this season have come in the Bundesliga at a rate of one every 65 minutes, nine of them with the left foot and one with the right.
In a further fitness boost for Dortmund, Terzic confirmed that Thorgan Hazard, who has missed three games with a muscle injury, returned to training on Monday and a late decision will be made on whether to play Braunschweig.