There seems to be little doubt that Chelsea are in the market for a big name striker this summer. With the Fernando Torres saga likely to finally draw to a close, Chelsea will only have Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku as their senior forwards at the club, and they will have learned valuable lessons this season about leaving yourself short of options in the front line.
Falcao has been the name most frequently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and the Colombian’s imperious form for Atletico Madrid at the start of the season led to most agreeing he was the outstanding number nine in world football. Perhaps the two other leading names in this regard are Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, and Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski.
Of these three, Chelsea should go all out to try and sign Lewandowski rather than Falcao, with the Polish forwards fantastic season demonstrating that he is not only an excellent goalscorer, but someone with the all round game that would fit best into Chelsea’s team.
At Dortmund, Lewandowski is part of a high tempo pressing side, with several superb attacking midfielders playing just behind him in a formation very similar to Chelsea’s own. Marco Reus and Mario Gotze in particular are players in a similar mould to the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, who probably be the key men for Chelsea over the next few seasons regardless of who they play upfront.
Lewandowski could slot straight into the set up they have now, and work successfully with the midfield to build attacks, rather than act as a pure finisher. Chelsea’s midfielders are notoriously prolific, and the role of a striker in the team is to help them in that regards as much as rack up plenty of goals himself.
However in terms of goals, Lewandowski clearly is not lacking. The Pole has 21 in 28 appearances, including five in seven in the Champions League. Of Dortmund’s last 33 goals with him on the pitch, Lewandowski has been directly involved in 31 of them, hitting his best form at the key part of the season.
At 24, Lewandowski is also younger than Falcao, and given that he is near the end of his contract, he would also be substantially cheaper than the Colombian, although that might not figure too heavily in Chelsea’s considerations. All the talk this season might have been about Chelsea’s pursuit of Falcao, but they would do better business this summer if they brought in Robert Lewandowski instead.
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