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Robert Lewandowski Urges Bayern Munich to Buy Backup Striker

Robert Lewandowski has proven to be an excellent purchase for Bayern Munich since coming over from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2014. The Polish striker has bagged a whopping 90 goals in just 108 appearances for the German champions, though his output so far this season has been limited thanks to injury issues.

Those familiar with the Bundesliga and know how to bet on soccer, know that betting on Bayern every week is a safe idea, even if Lewandowski is unavailable to play. The 29-year-old missed a pair of national team friendlies in order to rest a thigh injury, but he returned to training with Bayern earlier this week.

Lewandowski said that, while he feels good, his muscle injuries so far this season may be blamed on the fact that he’s having to shoulder such a heavy workload. Because Bayern are not equipped with a suitable backup striker, Lewandowski is forced to play heavy minutes on a weekly basis.

In an interview with Sport Bild, Lewandowski said, “It would definitely be an option to sign a hungry, young striker who wants to learn from an experienced player.”

He added, “It would be a relief for me to play 15 or 20 minutes less in a game, then you have more energy for forthcoming games and a higher probability of staying fit and minimizing the risk of injury.”

Of course, that’s a potentially complicated situation. Most talented young players are not going to be willing to sit on the bench and watch as Lewandowski logs the majority of the playing time. Finding a suitable young talent willing to sit and learn is no easy prospect, even for a club as massively successful as Bayern.

Lewandowski said, “Of course, the club hierarchy will decide which striker is worth considering, but clearly we aren’t talking about a top international striker. Forwards of this caliber want to be on the pitch themselves during the season’s decisive games.”

Lewandowski didn’t go so far as to mention any potential backups by name, but Sport Bild did mention Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Ajax youngster Kasper Dolberg as possibilities. Former Bayern player Lothar Matthaus also floated the name of Hertha Berlin’s Vedad Ibisevic as a possibility for Bayern in the future. However, Ibisevic has already gone on the record to say that he doesn’t want to sit on the bench. “I’m not someone who sits on the bench behind Lewandowski,” he told Express. “You can train as well as you want, but you would only ever be his replacement.”

Lewandowski has scored 13 goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern on the season. He has added a goal in four Champions League matches, to boot.

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