Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has set tongues wagging by telling press that Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski could be set for a move to Manchester United.
Smuda spoke in front of the media before the opening of Euro 2012 and spoke about his three Dortmund based players – Lewandowski, defender Lukasz Piszczek and winger Jakub Blaszczykowski, and said “In my opinion, in a moment they will be gone from Borussia – ‘”Lewy” is going to Manchester United, Kuba also somewhere in England, Piszczek to Real Madrid.”
Lewandowski showed all United fans what they could be seeing by powering a first half header past Greek keeper Kostas Chalkias to give Poland a lead in front of their home fans, but couldn’t hold on as the game finished 1-1. I’m sure over time, Sir Alex Ferguson has thought of a plethora of reasons why they should sign Lewandowski, but here are 3 reasons from my point of view.
Understanding with Shinji Kagawa. Dortmund have been a phenomenal success story over the past two years but with great success comes fervent interest. Europe’s elite have been linked with moves for Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels, and their Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa was no exception – a move to Manchester United is all but completed. A move for Lewandowski would continue their pillaging of Dortmund and a smart decision in the process. Kagawa played in a creative role that led to Lewandowski bagging 30 goals in all competitions this year – their understanding would ease their adaptation to the Premier League and improve the team in the process.
Adds a ‘focal point’. Whilst United have 3 very good strikers in Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, none of them are really a ‘target man’ type figure. Dimitar Berbatov could be that man but it appears that he’s heading for the exit door. Lewandowski only just over 6ft tall so he’s not your Nikola Zigic type beanpole striker, but his strength, balance and aerial prowess make him in the air as well as on the deck. Adding this type of player should be priority for United this summer in my opinion.
The need for goals. Manchester City stole the title on the last day of the season on goal difference. If United can add more goals to their team then it will give them a better chance of knocking City off their perch – especially if City are planning on strengthening their attack this summer. Wayne Rooney was their top scorer this year with 27 goals but next on the list was Javier Hernandez with just 10 goals. If Lewandowski can add just half of his 2011/12 tally, United will have a much better chance of reclaiming the title.
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