I always kind of wanted to have my own award and be regarded as wise man, known for his clever opinions and choices. While the second thing is way harder, not to say impossible (somewhere there is hope, even for me), I thought that giving awards to Polish footballers for performances in last year is not that bad idea, apart from the point that I won’t send them statues they won here.
I wanted to do it only with Polish players but then I thought that there is a league and maybe include in my ranking also footballers from Ekstraklasa… Nope. It will be all about Poles and tonight we are starting with goalkeepers, probably our national treasure, by many unnoticed. Also, after presenting You best Polish players at every position, I will do a list of top Polish talents but it’s much harder and will take time. Before the end of the year it will be posted, I promise. I must warn You that following opinions and positions, as in every rank, are only of my own and You may disagree with me – if You do, please comment. Top five Polish goalkeepers and few more worth a mention.
5th place – Przemysław Tytoń (Rodav JC Kerkrade, Holland, 04.01.1987, 195/80)
I remember him making his debut for Górnik Łęczna as a teenager and believe me, I could already know that the potential in this player is huge. Great physical appearance, reflex but still lacks confidence when coming off the line. In Roda he made great progress and I believe nobody regrets giving him place in starting line-up since beginning of this year. Work hard and bigger clubs will come.
4th place – Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia Białystok, Poland, 05.09.1989, 196/87)
Talking about potential… He has everything to become one of the best goalkeepers we had in last decades. Tall, confident, also reflex is his thing but must improve kicking. If he goes on like that, and he is already best goalkeeper in Polish league, clubs from abroad may come and at current price he will be bargain for them. The sooner he moves abroad, the better.
3rd place – Tomasz Kuszczak (Manchester United, England, 20.03.1982, 190/84)
Unlucky to still be on the bench for Manchester United… but he simply lacks talent. All he did, all he learned, all he can is due to his hard work and confidence in his abilities. Wise guy and he has everything to be successful as goalkeeper at high European level but maybe not that high as MU. He desperately needs to change his environment, although I know how devoted he is to the Red Devils and it won’t be easy for Kuszczak.
2nd – Łukasz Fabiański (Arsenal London, England, 18.04.1985, 189/83)
Well, well, well… Where to start? Finally number one in Arsenal, he won his place during that year but it wasn’t easy – all the bad moments he had, against Wigan, Porto and few other teams, simply couldn’t won him the first place here. I believe in him firmly as he has everything to be our number one but he must know that not always he will be given another five, ten games to prove his worth. He improves on our eyes but only when he knows that there is nowhere waiting for his mistake. Unfortunately for Fabiański, there is young Wojciech Szczęsny at Arsenal and few more goalkeepers in national team…
1st – Artur Boruc (AC Fiorentina, Italy, 20.02.1980, 193/88)
Not the easiest person to have in the team and Franciszek Smuda could tell You few things about that. Banned from Polish squad for drinking while on international duty, he refused that his destination is only place on the bench in Italy. Helped by Frei’s injury, showed why Fiorentina decided to sign him from Celtic. Had few tough years but now stabilizing his life and it can be seen on the pitch. Mistakes still happens, especially when it is down to kicking the ball rather than handling, but on his day he is (almost) unbeatable. Juventus players may tell You a thing about that. Focused on the game, fantastic reflex, has the character and knows his worth. Also crazy. Proper goalkeeper.
Worth mention – Wojciech Szczęsny (fantastic spell at Burnley, he got some playing time at Arsenal, made his debut for national team but still not the top five – but I’m sure that in two years time he will be first or second in my ranking), Łukasz Sapela (first choice at GKS Bełchatów, probably has the best reflex in Polish league, maybe someone will be wise enough to buy him out from Ekstraklasa top clubs) and Łukasz Załuska (I know he failed at Celtic when given a chance but I never thought that he will be second Boruc for them. He is very solid but not that class and he will be back – lower level but regarded as good keeper).