Lewandowski urges Bayern to find a new striker


Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scores 4:0 during the German First division Bundesliga football match ...
Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scores 4:0 during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany, on October 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to find a new striker to replace him – when injured – with the Poland hot-shot sidelined for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Celtic.

Bayern face the Scottish champions at Glasgow’s Parkhead in a Champions League clash minus Lewandowski, who injured his thigh playing for the Bundesliga leaders at the weekend.

With Lewandowski out, there is no senior specialist striker in the match day squad in Glasgow, where Bayern need a win to stay in touch with Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

“At the moment, there is no backup for my position,” Lewandowski told German magazine Kicker.

“No-one can last 90 minutes over the whole season and play every three days.”

Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes will have to innovate up front with his starting line-up against Celtic.

Teenage striker Manuel Wintzheimer has been called up from Bayern’s Under-18 team as reserve striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is not registered for the Champions League.

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 18, 2017 shows Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben as he reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs Bayern Leverkusen in the southern German city of Munich.Bayern Munich play Paris Saint-Germain away in a blockbuster Champions League clash on Wednesday with the old ‘FC Hollywood’ nickname having returned to haunt the Bavarian giants. / AFP PHOTO

Heynckes has enough stars in his squad to find a solution against Celtic.

“You can play a 4-4-2 with Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman up front or you can put both on the wing and use a midfielder as a false Nine,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic has said they are “looking into” recruiting a new striker to sign during January’s transfer window.

That could be more difficult than it initially sounds.

Munich's Chilian midfielder Arturo Vidal runs for the ball during the German football Cup DFB Pokal second round match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich in Leipzig eastern Germany, on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
Munich’s Chilian midfielder Arturo Vidal runs for the ball during the German football Cup DFB Pokal second round match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich in Leipzig eastern Germany, on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

A possible back-up for Lewandowski must be comfortable spending most of his time on Bayern’s bench – an unrealistic scenario for any top striker who would want to prove his form with the World Cup on the horizon.

Also the Champions League rules for the knock-out phase are not in Bayern’s favour.

According to the regulations, a club can register up to three new players by midnight on February 1, but they must not have played for another club in the group phases in the same Champions League season.

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