The Struggles of Robert Lewandowski: A Lost Player
September 23 marked the last time Robert Lewandowski scored a goal, a double that led to a spectacular comeback against Celta in Montjuïc. However, since then, the Polish striker has failed to find the back of the net. Although he recently returned from an ankle injury, his performance has been far from his usual level.
Lewandowski’s current form is his worst since joining Barcelona. Apart from his goal drought, his overall presence on the field has been lackluster. He struggles to create scoring opportunities and appears disconnected from his teammates. In the recent match against Shakthar, he had his worst performance as a Blaugrana, failing to register a single shot on goal, assist, or even committing four turnovers. These alarming statistics raise concerns for one of the greatest center forwards in history.
The coaching staff, however, remains confident that this is just a temporary slump and believe in Lewandowski’s pride and commitment to bounce back. They consider his current situation as an anomaly and expect him to regain his scoring instinct soon. Xavi, in particular, has absolute faith in Lewandowski’s abilities.
Nevertheless, pressure is mounting from the sports department to expedite the arrival of Brazilian talent Vitor Roque, who is set to replace Lewandowski next season. The club is willing to make every effort to secure his services this winter, recognizing the need for an additional attacking threat if they want to compete for all titles.
All attempts to fill the number 9 position have been unsuccessful. From Ferran Torres, who has struggled to adapt to the role, to Joao Félix, whose strengths lie elsewhere in his game, the club has not found a suitable replacement. Young prospects like Marc Guiu have shown promise but are not yet ready to shoulder the responsibility.
Lewandowski himself acknowledges the team’s reliance on his goals. As the top scorer of the Xavi era with 39 goals, he understands the importance of leading the attack. During a recent meeting with the squad, the Polish striker was self-critical, admitting that he is far from his best form and that it is his duty to contribute with goals.
Fortunately, Lewandowski has a golden opportunity to redeem himself against Alavés on Sunday. It is a chance to end his goal drought, which is currently his longest since his time at Borussia, and to help the team regain their winning ways and attractive style of play.
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