Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has hinted an imminent departure from the Bundesliga. With Chelsea and Manchester United expressing interest, which club would benefit him more?
The Poland international, 24, has been a lethal asset to the German champions since joining from Lech Poznan in 2010. He managed an incredible 22 goals in 34 appearances for Dortmund last term. Now it seems he is finally ready to make a move. Both sides would naturally benefit from a prolific striker such as Lewandowski, so it all comes down to the finer details.
At Manchester United, Lewandowski has the benefit of playing alongside not one, but two world class strikers in Rooney, and last seasons top scorer Robin Van Persie. Playing alongside either of these fantastic players will only strive to push Lewandowski to become a more able striker than he already is. However, the key to the Pole becoming a United player lies in Shinji Kagawa, who signed for the Red Devils this summer.
Kagawa was the catalyst, the magician who created nearly half of Lewandowskis goals in the Bundesliga last season. United would be foolish not to reclaim that deadly partnership between them that made them a feared duo as Dortmund stormed to the title. That alone is a worthy investment for the former champions
However, what about Chelsea? Rumoured to also be interested in Lewandowski. The Blues only have one recognised scorer in Fernando Torres this season, and he hasn’t exactly been the shining beacon up front in recent years. Should Torres get injured they are bereft of a natural forward player, and here is where Lewandowski comes into the equation.
He will provide the Champions League winners something different up front, with his large presence and incredible ball control, the Polish striker will be a great link between him and the attacking midfield. In comparison to United, he is essentially guaranteed to start for Chelsea, unlike at Old Trafford, where he may wind up playing second fiddle to Van Persie and Rooney should he not come flooding out the gates.
Also, while at United he would benefit from linking up with former team-mate Kagawa, the Red Devils are sorely lacking in other creative options, continuing to rely on Giggs and Scholes, who are certainly not getting any younger. At Chelsea, Lewandowski would have the luxury of playing alongside a new attacking midfield at Stamford Bridge. The likes of Hazard, who has already proven an astute purchase in the early stages of the season, would provide an influx of creative potential for the Pole. That still isn’t including, Lampard, Oscar, Marin, and Moses. All these players are gifted in creating chances for strikers such as Lewandowski, and he would thrive off it.
So, if the choice came down to it, who should he join? As stated before, the possibility of rekindling his partnership with Kagawa would indeed be very tempting for Lewandowski, the possibility of being a bench warmer at Old Trafford is certainly not an attractive proposition.
However, at Stamford Bridge, the Polish international has the chance to be the leading man, fed constant attacking options from Hazard and company. This will allow him to truly showcase his undoubted potential in the Premier League.
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