Owen Hargreaves knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a success at Bayern Munich. The former England international who retired from football in 2012 after battling a long standing knee injury, spent eight years with the German giants winning four Bundesliga titles and a Champions League.
Hargreaves, now a pundit for BT Sport, believes Robert Lewandowski is sure to make an impact at the Allianz Arena when he completes his free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer:
"He’ll start, yeah. He’s one of the best goalscorers in the world and he’s exactly what Bayern Munich need. He’s going to Bayern and he’d score goals in every league," Hargreaves told Goal.com
"He’s an impact player. At this level, he has always been competitive. He’s hungry and determined. A lot of people who play sport don’t have that ingredient and it’s essential.”
"He’d be great in any sport. He should be competitive in the moment because that’s why he’s coming. He can say: ‘I’m going to make your team better; I’m going to beat you’.”
"Don’t think about next season, just focus on this game. Do what’s best for Dortmund because they’ve been great for him as well. He should celebrate if he scores."
Lewandowski’s arrival looks set to push current top scorer Mario Mandzukic out of the picture. The Croatian has already been linked with a host of top clubs across Europe and Hargreaves thinks its unlikely the forward will be happy to play second fiddle to Lewandowski:
"With Mandzukic, can he swallow it and stick around or will he make a move? Arsenal and Chelsea – I think he’d improve them," he added.
"Bayern Munich only play with one striker, so it’s either-or. I think there’s a good chance we’ll see him go.”
While Bayern are set to be boosted by the Polish striker’s arrival, his departure will have on their Bundesliga rivals and Hargreaves admitted that it will be difficult for Jurgen Klopp’s side without their leading marksmen:
"Jurgen Klopp is a great coach and they play at such a high energy; they press and they work so hard and they’ve had a few injuries this year because they put so much energy in with Champions League football, with league football.
"Injuries were a big part of what happened to them this year. They virtually missed [Ilkay] Gundogan for the whole season. [Mats] Hummels has been out as well and [Lukasz] Piszczek.
"It’ll be difficult for them to get back to that Champions League final level but Jurgen Klopp is a great coach. No one had Lewandowski on the radar before he went to Dortmund and he’s one of the best strikers in the world now."
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