Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski had some fun in his press conference when he was asked about who might eventually take his place at the “9” for Bayern Munich.
“We have to wait a few more years, it’s still too early,” Lewandowski said (as captured by Goal). “But there are also three or four really good strikers in the Bundesliga if we look to Frankfurt or Borussia.”
While Lewandowski did not name anyone specifically, he did hint that the Bundesliga does have some quality options at the position who might one day be capable of filling his shoes.
That led us to thinking about which Bundesliga strikers might — and we say might very loosely with some of these — be able to be the “next one” for the Bavarians.
The Phenom: Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
I’ve already went on record with the fact I’d make shady deals with Wirecard, Spongetech, or whoever to generate enough revenue to bring in the Norwegian Nightmare. Haaland has everything you want in a modern striker: Size, speed, strength, anticipation, the ability to score with both feet or his head, and phenomenal timing on his runs. Haaland’s physical attributes (6’4” – 1.93 meters; 195 pounds — 88.5 kilograms) alone make him a tantalizing figure.
At 20-years-old, Haaland is the best possible successor to Lewandowski — and I would borderline fight about this claim. Haaland also reportedly has an exit clause in his contract after the 2021/2022 season, but it would be shocking if Borussia Dortmund does not get flooded with bids for Haaland this upcoming summer. With a talent like this, the early bird — or bidder — could get the worm. Continue reading