Robert Lewandowski is a name that more and more football fans are becoming familiar with. The Borussia Dortmund front man continues to be linked with a move to high profile European teams and he is the main focus of the Polish international attack. Wayne Rooney is only two years older and there are still rumours that the pair could link up in the near future at Manchester United.
In terms of recent international appearances there isn’t too much to choose between them. Lewandowski played three times at the European Championships and scored one goal while Rooney played twice and scored one goal. Rooney's recent brace against San Marino adds gloss to his international record, taking his fifth in the all-time England scorers list.
Domestically Lewandowski has managed to maintain his one in three ratio for Dortmund with two goals from six games. Rooney has only just come back into the United team after suffering a badly cut leg in the home game against Fulham. Rooney has started two games and has come off the bench in two games. He has one more assist, on three, than Lewandowski.
The reason for Lewandowski’s lack of assists could be that he is a different style of player to Rooney. He plays on the shoulder of the defence always looking for the ball in behind and reluctant at times to drop off into the midfield to go searching for possession. Rooney is the complete opposite. The United striker almost plays like a school boy at times in the respect that he will go wherever he likes on the pitch if it means he gets on the ball.
As there is not a lot to go on already this season, it’s important to look at the stats from the last campaign and it’s clear to see that Rooney dominates. He scored 27 league goals in 32 starts and two sub appearances for United while Lewandowski scored 22 goals in 34 starts. However, the Pole has the superior international record from the 2011/2012 season with three goals from five games while Rooney only played twice and didn’t score once.
There is little doubt that Lewandowski is under a smaller amount of pressure because there are rumours that Rooney is being tipped to be the next captain of England which brings additional pressure and responsibility. However, in terms of effectiveness Rooney is just in front when it comes to scoring and creating goals.
England will back themselves to better equipped to cope with Lewandowski than Poland will be equipped to cope with Rooney. Let the battle begin.