Rasmus Hojlund is Manchester United's newest signing, and expectations are high for the Danish striker at Old Trafford. But how has Hojlund's career evolved and what can be expected from him in his first season in the Premier League?
Hojlund started his professional career with Copenhagen in 2020, when he was just 17 years old. However, the player had a difficult spell in the Danish Championship, as he failed to find the net in 19 appearances. However, it should be noted that Hojlund was activated as a starter in only 2 of these challenges. In 2022, the footballer left Copenhagen to start a new adventure at Sturm Graz in Austria, where his career got the main impetus.
In the second half of the 2021-2022 season, Rasmus scored 9 goals in 17 games with the Austrian club. The forward was noted for his sharp left in front of goal, physical strength as well as cleverness in movement while building stocks. His good form led to Serie A side Atalanta expressing an interest in him and the striker eventually joined the Italian club. Last season, Hojlund scored 20 goals with Atalanta and the Danish national team, in a total of 47 appearances. In March, the striker caught the eye during the Euro 2024 qualifiers, where he scored 5 goals in 2 matches with Denmark, including a hat-trick against Finland.
Fans and sports opinion have begun to compare Hojlund with Manchester City's bomber, Erling Haaland. This is due to the physical similarities, the position where they play, as well as the legendary rivalry between the 2 clubs where the players are active. Although Rasmus is still far from Haaland's statistics with Manchester City, both strikers are still at the start of their careers. This means that in the future, a heated rivalry between the 2 strikers in the Premier League is not excluded.