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Albert Braut Tjåland has followed in the footsteps of his cousin by scoring on his Molde FK debut in a Norwegian Cup clash against Spjelkavik IL.
The 17-year-old striker, who is related to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, is no stranger to bagging goals. In the 2019/20 campaign, he netted 40 goals in 31 games when he was coming through the youth ranks at Bryne FK.
Last season, the 6ft 1in forward then netted 64 times in 37 games for Molde FK's youth team and well, he's showing no signs of slowing down after being promoted to the first-team set-up.
16-year-old Albert Tjaaland, the cousin of Erling Haaland, has moved to Molde FK.
Bryne FK :arrow_right: Molde FK
The same path as his cousin. pic.twitter.com/GhimGXFcCf
- Football Talent Scout - Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) June 17, 2020
Tjåland was given some valuable experience by manager Erling Moe against fourth division side Spjelkavik in the Norwegian Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Molde ended up recording a dominant 4-1 win thanks to goals from Magnus Grødem, David Fofana, Ola Brynhildsen and you guessed it, that man Albert Braut Tjåland.
The teenager produced a composed finish after being gifted a one-on-one opportunity following a lapse of judgment from the Spjelkavik defender. The first of many? Most likely.
Erling Haaland's cousin debut goal pic.twitter.com/6z3RIu8h0M
- Billy Reid (@_billyreid) July 25, 2021
Albert's cousin, Erling Haaland, also made his competitive debut for Molde during a Norwegian Cup match. He bagged in a 3-2 win against Volda TI in 2017.
Two months later, he would score his first league goal for the club and, although he only netted four times in 20 appearances for the Norwegian side in his debut campaign, Haaland would go on to earn himself a move to RB Salzburg the following season.
The rest, as they say, is history.
• Molde: 20 goals in 50 games
• Salzburg: 29 goals in 27 games
• Dortmund: 57 goals in 59 games
• Champions League: 20 goals in 16 games
• Bundesliga Player of the Season 20/21
• Bundesliga Team of the Season 20/21
• Golden Boy 2020
Erling Haaland; built different pic.twitter.com/Z5EGwgFwXW
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 21, 2021
Upon signing for the club last season, Albert Braut Tjåland explained his decision to join one of the biggest clubs in the Eliteserien.
"I chose Molde because they have very good facilities," he told VG. "They received me very well, were interested in me and had good plans for me.
"I look forward to my time in Molde. It is a very nice place where I can develop. I talked to him [Haaland]. He said it was a good place to develop but I made the choice myself."
Albert Tjaaland (17) :soccer: Molde :flag_no:
Who is Albert Tjaland? Just the cousin of Erling Haaland, no pressure.
He's set to make in Senior debut relatively soon, if rumours are believed to be true:
Haaland & Tjaaland playing for boyhood club Bryne :fist:#Norway pic.twitter.com/puKjFto57p
- Antonio Mango (@AntonioMango4) March 16, 2021
Like his relative, Tjåland has lofty ambitions. In a Q&A session with Instagram page RisingBallers earlier this year, the youngster expressed his desire to play for the best team in the world.
"Of course I want to play in the best team in the world," he said. "My favourite team is Liverpool so..."
Are you listening, Jurgen? I have a feeling this won't be the last time we hear the name; Albert Braut Tjåland.