There is now just over three weeks to go until the 2021/22 Premier League campaign gets underway.
For Chelsea, who will travel to Ireland tomorrow for the beginning of a pre-season training camp, the new season will mark head coach Thomas Tuchel’s first full season in the job since replacing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January.
The German enjoyed a highly successful first few months in the job, winning the UEFA Champions League and guiding the Blues to a top-four finish.
Those two success stories have laid the perfect foundations for the Blues, who beat Peterborough United 6-1 in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday, to make solid progress this season and compete for the Premier League title.
However, head coach Tuchel has not seen everything go his way, especially when it has come to bolstering his squad with new additions so far this summer. That is because Chelsea are yet to complete a signing so far during this window, meaning the patience of some of the club’s supporters is beginning to mount, as they believe a lack of activity could cost them dearly in the title race.
Nevertheless, despite the lack of incomings, Chelsea are working hard behind the scenes, especially in their quest to lure a striker to west London. Landing a new goal-getter is a top priority for the Blues this summer, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland sitting right at the very top of Tuchel’s wish list.
However, although Chelsea are refusing to give up in their quest to sign the Norway international, it would appear that they are keeping their options open and assessing other avenues.
According to The Sun, Chelsea are interested in signing Bayern Munich sensation Robert Lewandowski as a direct alternative to Haaland. They report that the Blues are ready to make a £50million swoop for the Poland international in an attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge and secure Tuchel the striker that he richly craves.
However, signing Lewandowski may be just as difficult as attempting to land Haaland, with Bayern hoping to tie the Bundesliga goal-scoring sensation down to a new contract.
But with Chelsea willing to spend big this summer to improve their goal-scoring output, Lewandowski could be just the ticket, with his record speaking for itself.
Since joining Bayern back in 2014, the striker has scored a staggering 294 goals in 329 appearances, highlighting just how much talent he would bring to Stamford Bridge.
However, it is not just his goal-scoring ability that has earned him tremendous praise and admiration in the past, with former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola waxing lyrical about his professionalism back in February 2016, insisting, at that stage, he was the “most professional player” he had ever worked with.
“He is the most professional player I have ever met,” said Guardiola. “In his head, he thinks about the right food, sleep and training: 24 hours a day.
“He is always there, never injured, because he focuses on these things. He always knows what is important to be in the best condition.”
Admittedly, Guardiola’s opinion on Lewandowski being the most professional player he has ever worked with may have now changed, considering that he made that statement more than five years ago and has now worked with some of football’s greatest talents at Manchester City.
But prior to working with Lewandowski, Guardiola had also worked with numerous top professionals, including Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andreas Iniesta and Lionel Messi, amongst others, at Barcelona.
Thus, for Lewandowski to have earned that sheer level of praise speaks volumes about him as both a striker and his approach to football in general.
Admittedly, Haaland is younger and his potential is frightening, but Lewandowski has bags of experience and could add the goals to this Chelsea team that they are in need of.
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