RB Leipzig striker Alexander Sorloth is beginning to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga, but he credits watching players like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and countryman Erling Haaland for influencing his play.
Given the upcoming match between Bayern Munich and Die Roten Bullen on April 3rd should have massive title implications, Sorloth is going to look to leverage the best aspects of both player to help his own game.
In an in depth interview with Bundesliga.com, Sorloth detailed why he admires Lewandowski’s work ethic and relentless style of play.
“The secret I think only he knows. What you can see from outside is that he is always hungry, he’s never satisfied,” said Sorloth. “Some players, if they score a hat-trick, in the next game they will slack off a bit, but what you can see in him is that he is always hungry for goals. I think that’s the most inspiring thing and that’s also what you want from a striker: to always be hungry and never be satisfied.”
Sorloth went even further to say what he takes away when watching Lewandowski compete.
“When I watch the Bayern games, I always try to have an eye on his movement in the box. He’s really good at getting away from defenders,” Sorloth stated. “It’s not big movements, they’re small. Always like, he goes a little bit in front of the defender and then he goes to the back of him, so he doesn’t see him. Small stuff like that I try to notice and also do in my own game.”
As for Haaland, Sorloth thinks the Borussia Dortmund 20-year-old phenom should be an inspiration for all Norwegians.
“It’s more about inspiration I think. He shows that it’s possible to do it. That’s maybe a bit of a switch in culture in Norway, because if you go back six or seven years we didn’t have any players at the top, top level,” Sorloth said. “I think he and Martin Ødegaard show that it is possible for young Norwegian players to be at the top level and do well. It’s more about the inspiration. Of course when you are with the national team together you train together every day and you get the feeling that it is also possible for you.”
(To read the full interview with Sorloth, click here.)