Polish forward Robert Lewandowski is very close to joining FC Barcelona in the coming transfer window according to reports. The Bayern striker is himself pushing for the move and Barcelona coach Xavi too highly ranks him. Today, Analystique takes a look at how Robert Lewandowski can help FC Barcelona regain greatness.
Sheer brilliance in front of the goal
Regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, Robert Lewandowski is currently in the form of his life. The striker scored 50 goals in 46 appearances this season, with an average of a goal every 80.12 minutes. This strike rate is way higher than the likes of Benzema (85.98) and Kylian Mbappe (106.16)
The Polish striker scored 35 goals in 34 Bundesliga games, a clear winner in the Golden boot race. He also piled up 13 goals in the Champions League this season in 10 games. In fact, he scored a staggering 110 league goals in the last 3 seasons. These numbers show how great he has been recently in front of the goal.
Lewandowski won the European Golden shoe in 2020-21; thanks to his 41 goals in the Bundesliga. He leads the charts this season too with 70 points, 16 points ahead of counterparts Immobine and Benzema.
Robert Lewandowski, in addition to his golden feet, is dangerous in the air as well. Barcelona, particularly under Xavi, is heavily dependent on fierry wingers down the flanks. This brings in an additional demand to get someone in the box who won’t shy away from scoring headers. Lewandowski fits in perfectly in this criteria as well.
The Catalan team has been particularly impressive in headed goals this season, the majority of which came from Luuk de Jong. However, the Dutch striker, who is on loan, will leave at the end of the season. Memphis Depay, too, is uncertain over his future at Barcelona. But, with the advent of Lewandowski, they won’t need to feel the void left by them. In fact, the Polish striker scored 80 headed goals in his career, just two behind current Barcelona forward Luuk de Jong.
Leadership in the attack
Barcelona is going through a transition period and their attack is full of new and young faces. Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres form a formidable force but they arent quite experienced to lead the troops. This is where Robert Lewandowski perfectly fits in. He is the captain of the Polish national team and can also lead Barcelona’s attacking spearhead.
Robert’s vast experience will also help the boys around him grow as players. Especially with so many La Masia graduates pouring into the main team of Barcelona, Lewandowski’s off the pitch contributions will be immense as well.
Savings in the wage budget
Robert Lewandowski will significantly reduce his wage in order to join Barcelona. This will come as a massive relief for the Catalans, who currently, is going through a cash crunch. Lewandowski’s salary at Bayern Munich was €22 million net per year.
Signing a big name has always been a strategic move for the commercial purposes of clubs. Despite being 33 years old, Robert is still one of the best players on the planet. Thus, his signing will open a window of opportunities for Barcelona to cash in some additional funds through sponsors.
Robert Lewandowski will join the Blaugrana on a three-year deal. On the other hand, Barcelona’s finances are on the right track for recovery. So, we can assume that within this period, Barcelona’s on and off the pitch issues will be solved. And the commercial side of Lewandowski’s arrival will have a huge contribution towards this as well.