Xavi Hernandez Ready to Make Bold Decisions at FC Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski Could Be Benched

Xavi Hernandez Ready to Make Bold Decisions at FC Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski Could Be Benched

Byron Pillay
updated at January 5, 2024 at 1:23 PM
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  • Robert Lewandowski has scored just nine goals in 22 appearances for Barcelona this season
  • The Spanish club have brought in Brazilian youngster Vitor Roque to help bolster their attack
  • Xavi Hernandez is not against making some difficult decisions when it comes to his Barcelona team

Has Robert Lewandowski run out of chances at FC Barcelona?

The Polish striker is struggling for form in front of goal this season, with many already turning on him.

With Barcelona seven points behind both Girona and Real Madrid on the table, the pressure is on Xavi to produce results.

Robert Lewandowski could see a more reduced role at Barcelona due to recent poor performances for the side.
Robert Lewandowski could be benched by Xavi Hernandez as he continues to struggle in front of goal. Image: David S.Bustamante.
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Football Espana notes that the former Spanish midfielder is having to make bold decisions in a bid to get more goals out of his side.

As a result, Lewandowski could face more time on the bench despite being Barcelona’s leading scorer in the league this season. The former Bayern Munich striker has scored eight goals so far.

One Football also reported that Xavi addressed the possibility of dropping Lewandowski, saying it had already happened in games.

Lewandowski’s form across two seasons

The Polish striker was brought in from the Bundesliga champions and helped lead Barca to the title last season.

He scored 33 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season, Transfermarkt confirmed, but has only notched up nine in 22 games so far this season.

Lewandowski’s place threatened by Roque’s arrival

While Lewa is the club’s leading scorer this season, Barca have also strengthened their attacking department by bringing in Vitor Roque.

The Brazilian youngster debuted for the side against Las Palmas and is viewed by many as a replacement for the veteran striker.

Roque played just over 15 minutes for Barcelona in his debut, and had three chances to score on his debut, but could not put them away, Tribuna reported.

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Lewandowski lays out retirement plans

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski recently hinted at when he could retire from football.

The Polish striker joined Barça in the summer 2022 transfer window following an eight-year stint with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

He helped Xavi Hernandez's side win their first La Liga title since 2019 last season as he bagged 33 goals in all competitions.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.