Joleon Lescott has offered his thoughts on whether or not Manchester City should have signed Robert Lewandowski in the summer.
The club’s former defender has suggested that they should have made a move for the Bayern Munich forward, although he believes the German giants would not have sold him late in the transfer window.
When asked about whether or not City should have gone for the Poland international instead of Harry Kane, Lescott told GiveMeSport: “It would have been a great acquisition if we’d got him but I’m not sure Bayern would have left themselves in the lurch that late in the window.
“I think Pep spoke about there being two or three players able to pick their destinations and where they want to play, and he mentioned Cristiano and Messi being two, and I’m sure he meant Lewandowski being the other.
“But again, Bayern, I don’t think they’d have let him go that late in the window not having been able to replace him.”
Manchester City attempted to sign Kane from Tottenham during the summer window but failed to get their man, ending up with no additions in the number nine position despite losing Sergio Aguero. Lescott has said that Lewandowski would have been a great signing for the Premier League champions but the timing was wrong, so why did City not go for him earlier in the window?
The 39-year-old said that Bayern would not have sold the Polish marksman towards the end of the summer, which means that City should have gone in for him at the end of last season. This would have given Bayern ample time to find a replacement and Pep Guardiola a number of months to work his team around the Poland international.
Guardiola would have loved the arrival of Lewandowski as he has proven himself to be one of the best players in the world. He was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2020 and scored 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga matches for Bayern last term.
Earlier this year, former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino hailed the former Borussia Dortmund goal machine as “extraordinary”.
He told talkSPORT: “Lewandowski is extraordinary. I remember looking at his story a couple of years ago and in his early career being rejected, establishing himself and being top scorer in League 2, 1 and the Bundesliga itself.
“It’s quite clear he’s been the ultimate professional. He spoke about it in the article I read about what he thought he needed to do and the people around him.”
The £54m-rated attacker has scored 302 goals in 334 matches for Bayern in all competitions. This shows that he is a clinical, reliable goalscorer and that is why Guardiola would have loved to have him at the Etihad Stadium, as he would have been the go-to number nine to replace Aguero.
City should have ditched their efforts to sign Kane in order to pursue Lewandowski, as his immense goalscoring record suggests that he could have come in and scored the goals to bolster their Champions League hopes, with the striker having previously won the tournament.