Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku ‘has no weaknesses’ and stats to show he’s ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League


Premier League sides may be panicking over Erling Haaland’s impending move to Manchester City, but as the stats show, there could be an even bigger threat in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund’s goalscoring machine looks set to join Pep Guardiola’s side for next season, but Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool could have an ideal back-up plan.

Nkunku could soon destroy defenders in England
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Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku 'has no weaknesses' and stats to show he's ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League
And his numbers could see him rival City-bound Haaland
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Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku has taken advantage of Haaland’s injury campaign to join the Norwegian as Germany’s hottest property, with top clubs now spinning.

The 24-year-old Frenchman is one of only four players in UEFA’s top five leagues. to register 20 or more goals and 10 or more assistsjoining an elite roster alongside Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.

The former Paris Saint-Germain player is third in Europe’s top flight with 13 assists, while he ranks behind only former team-mate Mbappe when it comes to goal-creating actions with 28.

Capable of playing anywhere on the front line or attacking in midfield, Nkunku’s threat remains constant, showing exactly why England teams seek to move.

Former Leipzig manager and current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has praised Nkunku while managing the first half of his breakout season in Germany.

“We talked a lot to Christopher about playing on the counter-attack and what he needs to do to play as a striker, No.10 and on both wings,” Marsch said.


Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku 'has no weaknesses' and stats to show he's ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League
There’s been a lot of praise for Nkunku and it’s easy to see why.
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“Christopher has no weaknesses. He is young and still wants a lot more. It’s always a good thing when a young player listens to the things we say and also wants to implement them. Working with him is a lot of fun because he’s really smart and has a lot of potential.

Interestingly, the well-known stats site that scored fully agrees with Marsch’s assessment, listing Nkunku with “no significant weaknesses” alongside a range of strengths including passing, dribbling, shooting. long shots and holding the ball.

Nkunku even showed his skills against Man City, scoring a hat-trick against them in a 6-3 Champions League loss which may have convinced rival Premier League sides that the Frenchman could help them beat the Citizens.

Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku 'has no weaknesses' and stats to show he's ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League
Nkunku has already scored a hat-trick against City and could be a nuisance next season
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Nkunku hasn’t always been the attacking monster that has dominated the Bundesliga this season, with his physical progress and selfless nature key to his huge numbers this season.

“There’s no real secret, I’ve adapted,” he told Bundesliga.com.

“I wasn’t starting from scratch. When I was playing as a number eight, I was the kind of midfielder who managed to have a chance to score in every game. There were many times when I wasn’t clinical enough to complete the move. I have now also built myself physically, I am more able to ignore challenges.

“Two or three years ago I was a box-to-box midfielder, I didn’t have that physique. I never imagined it, but I always wanted to become the best version of me- same.

Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku 'has no weaknesses' and stats to show he's ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League
Nkunku has taken things to a whole new level since leaving PSG
Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku 'has no weaknesses' and stats to show he's ready to rival Erling Haaland in the Premier League
With the Leipzig vintage one of the best players in Europe this season
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“I’m not trying to do anything flashy, but rather what’s most effective, and in the right tempo.

“My perception of the game is to do what drives the action forward, creates space and scores us at the end. Modern football is all about statistics. But you can also make a difference with runs , faults, expulsions.

“It has always been part of my DNA. How many times have people said to me lately, “Why didn’t you shoot?” And I always answer the same thing: ‘Because he was in a better position than me!’

Coached by tactical masterminds like Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann, it’s clear that Nkunku has finally found his groove.

This world-class form may well continue in the Premier League next season, and could even rival City’s successful signing of Haaland.

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