Serie A: Rasmus Hojlund: The ‘other Haaland’ who is thriving in Serie A and who runs 100m in under 11 seconds

Atalanta’s new jewel is Rasmus Hojlund, who has already doubled his market value compared to when the Bergamo side bought him from Sturm Graz last August.

Atalanta paid 17 million euros for the striker, with certain segments of the fanbase wondering if the club had made the right decision.

Half a year later, Hojlund has firmly established himself in Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini‘s starting line-up after taking advantage of the World Cup break, with the striker now being compared to Erling Haaland.

Who is Rasmus Hojlund?

Hojlund also comes from a family of footballers. Even though his father Anders never left Denmark and never won an international cap, his son has already done that.

Hojlund has already made his debut with the senior team, while his brothers Oscar and Emil are regulars in the Copenhagen reserve team.

“If you think about who he resembles, Haaland quickly comes to mind, but I like Hojlund and I don’t like Haaland”, former player Antonio Cassano said.

While these comparisons are on the table, it is also important to remember that Hojlund is still just 20 and is still growing, creating his own story in Serie A.

Comparisons with Haaland

The comparisons to the Manchester City striker have also been highlighted by Atalanta coach Gasperini.

“The characteristics are very similar, especially in accelerations,” Gasperini stated.

“He is a very fast player, he does the 100 meters in less than 11 seconds.

“For his height, he has a low center of gravity and an incredible stride frequency.

“I’m convinced he will have a great career. Technically, he always shows different and better things”.

Since 2023 Hojlund has scored five goals for La Dea and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, his market price already exceeds 40 million euros.

Hojlund is a great talent, physically strong and with great speed,” Atalanta captain Rafael Toloi said.

“He has everything he needs to be great and is working with the right coach and with the right team.”

Where will Hojlund go next?

Atalanta view Hojlund as an investment that will pay off in the long run.

“More than a gamble, Hojlund is a great investment that the club very much wants,” Atalanta‘s sporting director Tony D’Amico said.

“Few players from 2003 have this amount of playing time in Italy.

“He has great room for improvement and, with Gasperini, he can become very strong.”