How would Lewandowski fit into either Chelsea or Manchester United's team?

Robert Lewandowski

There have been rumours that he may be heading to the Premier League if he doesn't swap Dortmund for Bayern, and Chelsea and Manchester United are two sides that have been linked with the Polish striker.

Robert Lewandowski has been linked with a move away to several clubs in the past couple of years, with many under the impression he was going to be playing in a Bayern Munich shirt this season.

In amongst all those links away from Dortmund, there have been murmurs of interest from Premier League clubs, notably Manchester United and Chelsea of late, two sides that do possess some top class attacking talent.

The question is would he be an instant starter at either club, or would it be more difficult for him to get into one team than the other?

If you were to look at the contribution that Lewandowski has to Dortmund’s recent success of two Bundesliga titles, a DFB Pokal win and an appearance in the Champions League final, he has managed to find the net on 76 occasions – that is not including his start to this season.

It is difficult to see how the 25-year-old Polish striker would slot into the Manchester United set-up as it stands. United have been linked with several strikers and all of them appear to crop up with the same, although a nice problem if you’re the manager. How do you accommodate them in a team that contains both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie?

It is difficult to imagine Moyes going with more of a gung-ho approach with United, though it would show a great deal of imagination if he managed to get a three-man frontline to work. There is the prospect of him linking up with former teammate Shinji Kagawa but for that to be made possible Moyes would have to make the team undergo a major reshuffle at the top end of the field.

At Chelsea however, it could work. Manager Jose Mourinho admitted in a press conference last week before his side played Everton that he tinkers with the attack quite a bit and has several forwards at his disposal at the moment, though it must be said that none of them are firing on a consistent basis.

There has been the odd sign of Fernando Torres performing as if he could one day get back to his best, Demba Ba hasn’t been as prolific as he would have liked to have been, whist Samuel Eto’o and Willian have yet to settle into the side. Not to mention that Eto’o at the age of 32 wouldn’t be a long-term solution for Chelsea up front.

As it currently stands, a Lewandowski move to Stamford Bridge would probably see him more as a regular starter than a move to Old Trafford, unless things were to change over the course of the season.

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