Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski once again urges the club to sign a backup striker.
The Bayern Munich attack is going to undergo some major changes this summer. Die Roten want to make key additions in offense to provide proper quality and depth going forward. The majority of attacking players linked with Bayern throughout the season have been wingers.
The Bundesliga champions are surely looking to add at least one wide player to compensate for the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, and Leroy Sane has emerged as the prime transfer target for the German giants.
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Bayern might also have to look for a backup striker this summer. Speaking to Kicker (via Sport Bild), Robert Lewandowski admitted that Bayern should look to add one more striker to the squad. He believes that such a signing would allow him to get proper rest and suggests the whole team would also benefit from having a different option.
“If you have the option of a second striker, that’s better – for the team and for me.
“I can watch the game from the outside and see how the team plays without me.”
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Sandro Wagner was deployed in the role of backup striker at Bayern till January, but the German striker eventually decided to leave the club to join Tianjin Teda. Wagner was frustrated with his lack of game time at the club as Niko Kovac played Robert Lewandowski in almost every game. The Polish forward ended up making 47 appearances across all competitions.
Lewandowski has been a fine striker for the Bavarian club throughout the past five seasons. However, he will turn 31 at the start of next season and will no doubt soon begin to decline. Die Roten will have to manage his workload to get the best out of him. If Bayern provide a proper backup to Lewandowski, then the Polish striker will also be able to play at the top level for a longer time.
Bayern have been loosely linked with Max Kruse for this position, but the German striker would demand regular minutes to join Bayern. The best candidate for this role is RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. The 23-year-old is primarily a number nine but can be very useful on the flanks.
In buying Werner, Bayern will get a good option in the wide position and an excellent understudy to Robert Lewandowski. However, the Bavarians are reportedly ready to wait til next summer to sign Werner on a free transfer as RB Leipzig have slapped a huge price tag on him this summer.
Lewandowski also insisted that the Bavarians need to make signings that are for the present and future. The Polish captain believes that the new players should be able to make an impact straight away. It will be interesting to see if Bayern listen to the request of their prolific striker of adding one more number nine to the squad.