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Is Lewandowski the reference striker Barça needs?

BarcelonaBarça have finished one of the longest seasons in recent years and are now opening a key summer for the future. The enthusiasm installed by Joan Laporta and the needs of Xavi Hernández foreshadow a market with strong movement, although it will take economic engineering to make possible a revolution that right now seems far away. One of the main targets, despite the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a few months ago, is Robert Lewandowski. Barça have already made their first formal offer to Bayern Munich, but the Germans have made it clear, despite the striker’s desire to play at the Camp Nou, that negotiations will not be easy.

Lewandowski will turn 34 in August. This opens the debate on whether age is just a figure or whether it needs to be taken into account. Karim Benzema, for example, has had the best season of his career at just 34 years old. Lewandowski’s goal-scoring numbers suggest that the Pole still has a long way to go. This year, no player has scored more goals than him in the league (35). Bayern have shown that they are an area striker for another season: 21 of the 35 goals scored in the Bundesliga have been on the first touch, five have been scored after controlling the ball, four from the penalty spot and only once needed three. taps to send the ball to the back of the net.

A professional scorer

Different profiles have passed for Barça’s spearhead, but Xavi is asking all the protagonists for the same role. The instructions are clear: he wants a striker who is neat when playing the first touch, who knows how to interpret when he has to appear on the string of passes and who is a scorer in the area. In this last requirement, Lewandowski is the best in Europe. In the last five seasons, in 2018-19 alone he scored less than one goal per game. This season, apart from achieving the best record in the five major continental leagues, he only needed an average of five shots per game to meet the goal.

The coaches who have passed through the Bavarian bench have offered him the ideal setting. He is a top scorer and focusing on the area prolongs his life as a we elite. Behind Lewandowski plays Thomas Müller, with associative tasks, and on the wings Bayern have ends that feed him with centers. When Pep Guardiola landed in Bavaria he modified his attack plan and chose to focus more on the game than with Barça. And so powered Lewandowski, who in one game came from the bench and scored five goals in just nine minutes. “I left the field angry because I could have scored six, but a defender took the ball off the line,” lamented the striker some time later.

Associative, Lewandowski does not stand out for his participation in the construction of the plays. In fact, he has only made three assists this season. Bayern don’t need him and Xavi just needs that we appear in specific situations. He plays an average of 36 times a game, 15 times less than Benzema, but seven times more than Aubameyang. Inside the area he has been the second most involved player this season. Lewandowski is focused on the goal, but he is also the neat and delicate striker in the touch that Xavi asks for.

The relay at Bayern, key

A decisive factor in disengaging Barça’s signing is for Bayern to find a replacement. The Bavarians have always been a cautious club when it comes to making major investments and prioritize the state market. The striker market is moving with a dropper and one of his claims, Erling Haaland, chose Manchester City. In the rest of the European scene, Tottenham rejected 175 million euros from City for Harry Kane last summer, Romelu Lukaku seems to be more and more comfortable at Chelsea and Lautaro Martínez renewed with Inter a few months ago. Without a domino effect, it would be even harder for Bayern to let Lewandowski escape.

Despite the age, the player ensures immediate performance. His signing would mean an automatic leap of talent to the Barça striker and would reduce Ansu Fati’s goal-scoring pressure because, despite the good streak in front of goal, carrying all the team’s goal-scoring weight could put an excessive responsibility on him afterwards. of problems with injuries.

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