Last season, FC Barcelona made a huge move for Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich star was pushing to leave Germany and join the Catalan club. A successful transfer on paper as he scored 33 goals in 46 matches (including 23 goals and 7 assists in La Liga) and thus largely contributed to winning the title at the end of the season. However, last season, the Poles faced more complicated times.
Despite his impressive statistics, the 36-year-old striker also showed some clumsiness in front of goal. And with a very limited squad, Xavi could not afford to send Lewandowski to the bench. There was no other number 9 available behind him. But this year it should be very different. For several months now, the RL9 has slowly started to come under criticism for its performance. Since the start of 2023, his level has dropped significantly with both Barça and Poland, where he has also started to raise questions.
There is competition this year
They have scored only 6 goals in their last 15 national team matches and 10 goals in their last 21 La Liga matches. This season, he started with 2 goals in 4 matches, but it seems that Xavi does not agree. According to further information game, Barcelona may soon decide to send the Polish star to the bench. The arrival of Joao Félix provides an additional option in a hybrid attacking position but above all it was Ferran Torres who scored.
The Spanish international has been scoring goals at the start of the season and Xavi will be looking to capitalize on his current form (4 goals in 90 minutes of playing time at the start of the season). Finally, the Barça management is also starting to put pressure on Lewandowski. Recently, the Blaugranas’ new sporting director Deco revealed that Brazilian nugget Vitor Roque could arrive at Barça faster than expected (next January while he was due to arrive in the summer of 2024). So a new competitor for Lewandowski and one who could make his future even more unclear in case of poor performances this year.