With Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund publicly stating that Polish forward Robert Lewandowski will not be allowed to follow Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, it seemed the big Pole would be on the way to Manchester for free in the summer of 2014. However, it now appears that Spanish giants FC Barcelona are going to be joining David Moyes’ Manchester United in the hunt for the striker.
Barcelona boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino apparently wants a number 9 at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona are allegedly planning to make full use of Lewandowski’s current contract dispute with Borussia Dortmund. Martino will presumably play Lewa upfront, with Barca ace Lionel Messi operating in the CAM role behind the big Pole, much like he does in the Argentina national team.
It’s scary to think what this Barcelona team could do with the addition of a striker of Lewa’s quality. Lewandowski’s strengths are heading ( a department Barcelona are seriously lacking in ) and playing through balls and key, damaging passes. He’s also no stranger to finishing on the ground as well.
With Lewa up front, making sure defenders mark him up ( and with his aerial threat ), Barca will have new wunderkid signing Neymar Junior on the left bullying the opposition’s left sided defender and keeping him occupied, and Martino will also have a choice between fielding either of Alexis Sanchez or Andres Iniesta on the right. This will allow Messi a lot of space in the CAM role and at times Leo might even be left completely unmarked. This will allow the little Argentine to deliver key passes to either of Neymar, Lewandowski, or Alexis/Iniesta, or do what he does best-dribble into the area and score.
Having Messi in the CAM role will allow him more freedom and space, and he will definitely be a more effective player for Barcelona, even if his goals tally takes a slight drop as a consequence. Moving on to stats, Robert Lewandowski has registered 12 goals and 4 assists in 13 appearances this season for Dortmund, one of those 13 appearances being a substitution appearance as well.
But of course, like with anything else, Lewandowski’s arrival at the Camp Nou will also have its cons. For instance, Lewandowski is not the best at holding ball possession, a very important quality at the Camp Nou, he often loses the ball to defenders if he tries to hold on to it for too long, and his defensive contribution is not of the highest either. Don’t expect to see Lewa flying into tackles on the other side of the pitch to win back balls.
However, all things considered, this is a transfer rumour that all Barcelona fans should be licking their lips about. Facing FC Barcelona will definitely be something even teams like FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid would truly fear, and it will also offer Barca something of a plan B, something they’ve been lacking for the past 6 or so years. Get down on your knees and keep your fingers crossed, culés!