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Bayern’s transfer policy questioned

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has called on the club to make high-profile signings that can have an immediate impact rather than players with potential.

Speaking after Bayern’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup on Saturday, Lewandowski rued the lack of game-changers among Bayern’s substitutes and appeared to question the club’s transfer policy.

“Sure, the young players on the bench have potential, that’s true — but sometimes you need direct reinforcement from someone who can come in and help the team,” Lewandowski said.

In contrast to Dortmund, who have significantly boosted their squad over the summer, Bayern have only signed French defenders Benjamin Pavard andLucas Hernandez, while Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Mats Hummels and Rafinha all departed the club.

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German forward Fiete Arp has arrived from Hamburg though it is unclear if he will remain with the club or be loaned out for the season.

“My opinion remains the same, because today was precisely the right time where we could have looked and seen what could happen if we had such a professional player ready to come on,” he said.

“In the second half, after the first goal, we weren’t 100% convinced that we could come back from the goal. I think that was the same mistake we made last season.

“Always when we concede a goal, we try to keep playing but it’s not with 100% belief that we can do it, that we can change the game at the end. It doesn’t seem so easy.” –ESPN

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