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Robert Lewandowski broke the hearts of Borussia Dortmund fans last summer..

By moving to arch rivals and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a free transfer.

Robert Lewandowski - Hit or miss?A prolific goalscorer in the yellow and black of BVB, the Polish international was then one of Europe’s most feared strikers. But how has he fared so far this season? Let’s take a look.

Goals

With thirteen goals in the Bundesliga in twenty three appearances, the 26 year-old is Bayern’s second top scorer behind Arjen Robben with seventeen. Dortmund duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus have racked up ten and seven goals respectively, although Reus has played only fifteen times domestically. Lewandowski currently sits in fourth spot overall with Bas Dost, teammate Robben and Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier scoring more.

Robert Lewandowski - Hit or miss?

Lewandowski has scored the majority of his goals with his right foot and from inside the box and averages 0.57 goals per game – fifth overall in the league with Marco Reus averaging a 0.47 ratio while Aubameyang comes in at 0.42. Capped 66 times by Poland, the former Lech Poznań striker has notched up seven Champions League matches so far this season scoring on three occasions – against Shakhtar, Roma and Manchester City – and sits behind Thomas Muller (five) and Mario Gotze (three) in the Bayern scoring charts.

Shooting

A shooting accuracy of 54% domestically and 55% in the Champions League isn’t his strongest area with Lewandowski way below Aubameyang and Meier who impress with 63% and 66% respectively. However that isn’t for the want of trying with the Bayern Munich number nine attempting seventy eight shots in total (thirty two on target, twenty seven off target and nineteen blocked shots) – a higher number than Thomas Muller and Meier – and only second behind Arjen Robben in Bayern’s top of the table squad.

Robert Lewandowski - Hit or miss?

Duels

Winning 46% of his duels (headers, tackles, fouls and one-on-one), Lewandowski hasn’t had much success this season in the air with defenders able to contain his six foot frame. In terms of his one-on-one situations with an opposition player, he wins 51% and its no surprise then to know he’s fouled on a regular basis. Don’t bed on him to make a tackle though – he’s won just three of his sixteen attempts.

Comparisons

Lewandowski racked up twenty Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund last season with another six coming in the Champions League as BVB lost in the final to Bayern Munich. He registered another twenty four league goals in the 2012/2013 campaign. With only nine league matches remaining in 2015, he has some way to go to match either statistic.

Best match?

A brace for Bayern in their 4-0 win at Werder Bremen last night saw Lewandowski combine beautifully with striker partner Thomas Muller to score twice in the last fifteen minutes. His first, a simple header, was taken with pinpoint accuracy while his second came after a free flowing move.

Verdict

It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Lewandowski since he switched Dortmund for Munich and he hasn’t been anywhere near as prolific. Slowly and surely though he’s beginning to improve his goalscoring tally although rumours of a move to Manchester United are gathering pace. His biggest problem? He isn’t the main man at Bayern. There he has three or four world class attackers playing alongside him and its clear that adjustment has taken some getting used to. Lewandowski isn’t in the ‘Soldado’ bracket but improvement is needed if he wants to keep his Bayern career alive.

Statistics via Squawka

Originally published at cravingfootball.co.uk

Post written by Philip Simkins
for Craving Football, Blog: cravingfootball.co.uk, Twitter: @cravingfootball

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