Opinion: Make or break for Robert Lewandowski

Posted on August 10, 2011


After only joining in the summer of 2010, it is probably wrong to say someone’s career at a particular club is over when you have only been there for just over a year.

But when a chance comes, you’ve got to take it.

Most Borussia Dortmund supporters would have been watching the Copa America final between Uruguay and Paraguy with their hands over their faces when star striker Lucas Barrios limped out of action in the first 10 minutes – but the same couldn’t be said for Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish hitman has struggled to break his way in to a regular starting position in his natural striking role due to the exploits of the Paraguayan which have found him impossible to remove from Dortmund’s free-flowing 4-2-3-1 system.

Lewandowski secured a four-year contract with Die Borussen after his club side Lech Poznan, where he scored 18 goals in 28 starts in 09-10, agreed a €4.5 million transfer just over a year ago.

He was quickly creating a huge reputation in European football and was already an established member of the Polish National Team, scoring 10 goals in 32 appearances.

But the vast majority of his playing time in Dortmund came from the substitutes bench, until Shinji Kagawa was injured in the Asian Cup which allowed him to play in an attacking midfield role.

The 22-year-old now has a huge opportunity to force his way in to Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans with Lucas Barrios sidelined until Autumn.

The striker started in attack for the champions in their opening day clash with Hamburg SV and along with the likes of Kagawa, Gotze and Großkreutz, they cruised to a 3-1 win and played some outstanding football in the process.

What Lewandowski has to his advantage over Barrios is that he has a generally good all-round game and he was far more involved outside the penalty area for BvB than I would expect of Barrios.

In the win over HSV, he couldn’t get on the scoresheet but he offered so much to Dortmund’s attacking play. He covered over 11km and had a passing completion ratio over 92%.

For the first goal, Lewandowski held the ball up very well before laying to Gotze who assisted Großkreutz for the finish. The striker was heavily involved in Dortmund’s second goal when he played a sublime one-two with Gotze before the youngster slotted the ball home.

This is a massive time in Lewandowski’s career, it could eventually help him fight his way ahead of Lucas Barrios and become a regular at the Westfalen. He may not score the same amount of goals as the Paraguayan but when your creating for the likes of Großkreutz, Kagawa and Gotze, does it really matter?

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