Who is Benjamin Sesko? The 'next Haaland' wanted by Man Utd

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald
  • Updated: 24 Jul 2022 18:50 BST
  • 5 min read
Benjamin Sesko, Salzburg

Erling Haaland is currently regarded as one of the best players in world football, moving to Manchester City this summer following his brilliant exploits for RB Salzburg and then Borussia Dortmund.

In less than three years he has gone from being the relatively unknown son of a Premier League footballer to one of the game's superstars.

Even though he was at Molde previously, it was his performances with Salzburg which really put him on the map, as in January 2020 Dortmund beat competition from a variety of clubs to land his signature.

Salzburg have no concerns whenever they sell a star like Haaland because they have a conveyor belt of up-and-coming starlets ready to take over the mantle.

The latest is Benjamin Sesko, who has been dubbed as the 'new Erling Haaland'.

Sesko is valued at €17 million by FootballTransfers' algorithm.

And, you can see why.

What position does Benjamin Sesko play in?

Naturally, Sesko plays as a centre-forward.

How good is Benjamin Sesko?

The fact that Sesko has been likened to Haaland gives an indication as to his talents and also how he plays.

His height of 6ft 4in would suggest he perhaps isn't the quickest, but that certainly isn't the case as he manages to combine his presence with a quite brilliant turn of pace that can terrorise defenders.

Sesko is Slovenian and started his career at Radece before periods at Rudar Trbovlje, Krsko and Domzale.

For Krsko, he scored 59 goals in 23 games at Under-15 level.

He would sign his first professional contract with RB Salzburg in 2019 and would later go out on loan to FC Liefering, which is where people started to take notice, particularly after an outstanding run of 13 goals in his final seven games in the 2020/21 season.

Sesko, at the age of just 18, then spent the 2021-22 season at Salzburg and he hit a respectable 11 goals in all competitions despite only making 14 starts.

Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland

He has started the new season with a bang, with two goals and an assist in his first two matches.

When it comes to the Haaland comparisons, he takes them in his stride.

"Such comparisons motivate me and give me energy," he told Slovenian media.

"They do not represent pressure. I will listen and learn so I can be even better than he is.

"My team-mates at the club tell me that Haaland and I are very similar, especially in terms of speed. Most of them even tell me that I'm better than him!"

Sesko has scored two goals in 13 games for the Slovenia national team.

What clubs are interested in Benjamin Sesko?

In 2019 before Sesko made the move to Salzburg, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Ajax and Dortmund were all interested.

"We had a lot of offers from really big clubs," Elvis Basanovic, his agent, told SPOX two years ago.

"Had we decided on the money, Benjamin would have moved to England or Italy. But we decided to look at the bigger picture and the Salzburg project.

"The biggest clubs in Europe tried to get him. The interest in him was huge; I have never seen anything like it before.

"Salzburg has given Benjamin a path. Here, he can develop. The people in charge really wanted him, which was important to us. Here he also has a greater chance of playing for the first team sooner or later.

"Benjamin is one of the greatest talents of his age group in Europe. He has an incredible body, is tall, fast, has great jumping ability, is technically gifted and his greatest strength is his finishing."

Though all of these sides still reportedly retain an interest in Sesko, Fabrizio Romano reported in July 2022 that Man Utd are monitoring Sesko. The Red Devils are in the market for a new forward given Cristiano Ronaldo has put in a transfer request. Newcastle are also reported to be interested.

When does Benjamin Sesko’s contract expire?

Sesko's contract runs out on July 30, 2026.

What is Benjamin Sesko’s Instagram?

Sesko's Instagram page has 26.4k followers as of July 2022.