Doidge re­minds new man­ager Ross of a young Le­wandowski

Evening Times - - SPORT - Alan Temple

JACK ROSS, the Hibernian head coach, be­lieves Chris­tian Doidge is the Easter Road club’s an­swer to Robert Le­wandowski.

A bold claim at first glance, per­haps, but bear with him.

Ross is adamant that Doidge’s canny knack of find­ing the net at ev­ery level from the Welsh ama­teur ranks with Cwym­bran Celtic to the EFL Cham­pi­onship with Bolton left him in no doubt that he would soon hit the goal trail in Scot­land.

While it would be churl­ish to com­pare Doidge with one of the most pro­lific at­tack­ers of this gen­er­a­tion, Ross’s be­lief that the

Welsh­man would be a goal threat in the Scot­tish top-flight puts him in mind of Le­wandowski.

The Pole was still on the books of min­nows Znicz Pruszkow at the age of 20, plun­der­ing goals in his na­tive lower leagues, be­fore win­ning his move to Lech Poz­nan and, ul­ti­mately, Dort­mund and then Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“His record, sta­tis­ti­cally, shows that it should be the case that he will score goals,” con­tin­ued Ross. “The best ex­am­ple of that is look­ing back at Le­wandowski be­fore he went to Dort­mund.

“His record through the lower leagues in Poland up to top league showed that he al­ways scored goals, and the fact Chris­tian is scor­ing goals – and al­ways has – gives me en­cour­age­ment he’ll con­tinue to do that.”

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