Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski wants new recruits

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Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich striker and Poland international Robert Lewandowski has urged the Bundesliga champions to bring in more new recruits, as he doesn’t feel their squad is big enough to cope.

Lewandowski urged Bayern Munich to make three new signings, as he vented his frustrations at a lack of arrivals at the Bundesliga champions.

Veteran forwards Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben departed at the end of their contracts, with the latter announcing his retirement soon after, James Rodriguez also left and returned to parent club Real Madrid.

Top: Arjen Robben (L) with Franck Ribery (R), Bottom: James Rodriguez

Lewandowski insists the club must replace the trio if they are to maintain their success, and ward off the title threat of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

“I think we need three new players,” he told said. “We lost three players in attack with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James, and so far we have not had a new signing in that area.”

Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, who reports suggest would cost about £130m.

The Premier League transfer window closes before the opening fixture on August 9, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saying he wants the winger to stay.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane

However, even if Bayern pull off a deal, Lewandowski is adamant it won’t be enough and identified where else he feels the team needs strengthening.

“We need another attacking winger – even if Sane comes,” he added, before suggesting “perhaps a No.6 or a central attacker.”

Despite Lewandowski’s concerns, Bayern have brought in forward Fiete Arp from Hamburg, and young defenders Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez from Stuttgart and Atletico Madrid respectively.

However, the Poland international insists they need more and hasn’t been afraid to express what he thinks to those in charge at the Allianz Arena.

“If you want to play a whole season with 13 or 14 experienced pros, it’s going to be hard,” he said.

“We have 50, 60 games over one full season, not three, four, five or six months. We have too few players for that, and [President Uli] Hoeness and [CEO Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge know my opinion.”

Bayern are next in action on August 12 as they take on Energie Cottbus in the first round of the DFB Cup before, opening their Bundesliga campaign at home to Hertha Berlin on August 16.

 

Chidi Nwoke.