Borussia Dortmund and Poland star Robert Lewandowski has attracted the attention of the biggest clubs in the world, with Barcelona, Manchester United, and bitter rivals Bayern Munich desperate for his services - but what is so special about the striker?
His stats for the 12/13 Bundesliga season read: 24 goals and 7 assists in 31 matches, which averages out at 1 contribution to the match every game.
24 goals in 7 more matches is incredible for a player of only 24, and his minutes per goal stat is at 108 minutes per goal, which is very near to a goal every game.
He has also proved himself in the Champions League with 10 goals in 13 matches, highlighted by a perfect performance against Real Madrid, netting all four goals in a staggering 4-0 victory to send Dortmund through.
His only real shortfall last season is his performances with the Polish national team, where he has only scored 2 in 6 matches, with both being scored against San Marino; but his lack of goals could be down to the quality of the rest of the Polish national team, arguably not being on par with the service he receives from his Borussia Dortmund team-mates.
One of the main problems clubs face with strikers is consistency and form. People might argue that Lewandowski’s performances last season, and especially against Madrid, are just good form, and he will not continue this this season.
But his stats for the 11/12 season - when he scored over 20 goals again - show he is a consistent player averaging a slightly higher 130 minutes per goal, but that is still commendable.
Furthermore, continuing into the 13/14 Bundesliga season, he is showing fine form, scoring already six times.
Compared to another world class striker in Robin van Persie, Lewansdowski does not match his goal tally, falling 2 goals behind Van Persie's 26 last season, but impressively Lewandowski did this in 7 less matches.
At only 25, this is a brilliant achievement, especially in comparison to a player who last season was one of the best strikers in the world.
Lewandowski has proven himself as a top striker, at the top level of football, so that is why he is being vigorously sought after.
Could he keep this form up till the turn of the year, when his contract ends to further solidify interest from Europe's top teams? Could Lewandowski be assisted by Iniesta and Xavi, Mesut Ozil, Isco, or Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller in 2014?
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