Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore has spoken of his admiration for Erling Haaland and revealed how the Cherries will approach their clash with Manchester City this weekend.
Moore scored on his Premier League debut during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, to put last season’s injury woes firmly behind him.
The 30-year-old signed for the Cherries from Cardiff in January and subsequently suffered a broken foot, ruling him out for two months of the club’s promotion push.
The 6ft 6ins striker scored four times on his return for the final four games of the Championship season and carried on his goal scoring exploits against Steven Gerrard’s side on the opening day.
But the Wales international knows that despite his side’s good start to the season, this weekend’s trip to Manchester City will be a different proposition that will take a disciplined game plan if the newly-promoted side have ambitions of causing an upset.
“For a team like us, you know you’re almost going to give up possession because they have a huge majority of the ball. You have to be prepared to sit in and wait for the moments, then attack them on the counter, ” Moore told talkSPORT.
Moore was quizzed on his assessment of Erling Haaland’s Premier League debut and was asked if he was impressed by the Norwegian’s two-goal display at West Ham on Sunday.
“Yeah I was to be fair, I thought he looked good,” Moore replied. “I think he needed that first goal then after that he didn’t look back.”
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The Welshman also lifted the lid on his international career and revealed he almost represented China and was close to a move to the Chinese Super League.
He added: “I have Chinese heritage in my family. There were conversations of me joining a side in China, then to play for the national team but I chose to play for Wales.”
Moore will be hoping to continue his good form in what is an important season for the striker. The Bournemouth man will have one eye on Wales’ World Cup squad ahead of the tournament in Qatar in November.
Fitness and form will be key for him to convince Manager Rob Page to include him in the 26-man squad for the finals but regular Premier League minutes under Cherries boss Scott Parker will be fundamental to his inclusion in Qatar.
On Parker’s management style, Moore told said: “The team talks he gives are very good and he’s a very nice person as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s a very emotional but intelligent person. I feel like everything he does is for a purpose and he’s trying to get the best out of everyone.”
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