​With how quickly Erling Haaland has adapted to senior football, it's difficult to argue that he wasn't actually created in a Norwegian lab.

At 19, he's already scored 40 goals in 31 appearances this season and seems destined for the top. However, it turns out Haaland's entire family might have actually be the products of groundbreaking science experiments - as his free-scoring 16-year-old cousin has just made his senior debut in Norway.

Albert Braut Tjåland, who plays for Haaland's boyhood club Bryne FK, is already being tipped to follow in his relative's footsteps after coming on as a substitute in a friendly match last weekend.

Tjåland is still relatively unknown even in Norway, but his goal records at youth level make it seem almost certain the 16-year-old will be matching his big cousin's heights sooner rather than later.

In one instance, Tjåland scored 30 goals in just 22 appearances for one of Bryne's youth teams. In another, he found the back of the net 34 times, although this time he only needed 15 games.

If anyone's still in doubt that Tjåland and Haaland were created in the same lab experiment, then there are some notable similarities between the two, as both players are strikers who heavily rely on a combination of pace and strength. They are both very blonde too.

Tjåland won't start playing competitive football until next month when the new season gets underway, but he's already admitted that his on-field idol is Haaland - or patient zero, as he's referred to among the seemingly massive population of human-enhancing scientists in Bryne.

Erling Haaland

Many fans fancy Haaland to achieve world domination soon enough as he's already on his way to becoming a household name, but his wider family might be at it too. 

As if that wasn't enough, Haaland has another cousin - 19-year-old Jonatan Braut Brunes - who is also playing his football in Norway. The world isn't ready.

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