Following yesterdays starter with Polish top goalkeepers, now it is time to fill another position in my team of the year. You know the drill already – I’m counting down from fifth to first and then those who are not on the list but are worth mentioning anyway. 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.
5th place – Jakub Tosik (Polonia Warszawa, Poland, 21.05.1987, 182/74)
Versatile player that can be also player as defensive midfielder. He found it hard to get into Polonia’s squad following his summer transfer and then failed to stabilize his form but he is very solid player and quite intelligent too. Good passer but lacks pace and sometimes is tackling too hard which explains his poor disciplinary record.
4th place – Marcin Kowalczyk (Dinamo Moscow, Russia, 09.04.1985, 182/82)
While we all heard that he is decent player in Russian league, he never proved that performing for national team. Not sure how many chances he will get if he stays there but rumours are that he may be close to return to Polish league. Solid player, hard and has nice technique but pressure gets to him from what I’ve seen already.
3rd place – Krzysztof Nykiel (Ruch Chorzów, Poland, 08.08.1982, 186/79)
Behind everybody’s back, he got into my team and it’s deserved place. I really enjoyed watching him for Ruch this season, very solid, something more than a league player but also not national team level, shamefully. Learned a lot and made a huge step forward during last two seasons and should get reception he deserves. One day, maybe.
2nd place – Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznań, Poland, 26.01.1984, 184/75)
I’m not a big fan of his qualities and his high position on this list proves my point that this position is weakness of Polish football. But he deserves it for his solid performances against rivals such as Juventus, Manchester City and Salzburg. He did well in the league and one of few better players when Lech struggled during early stages of this seasons’ Polish league. Still he offers literally nothing up-front but focused on his position, can get out the ball nicely out of nervous situations.
1st place – Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Bortmund, Germany, 03.06.1985, 184/73)
Miles ahead of his competitors in national team… and to think that only two seasons ago he was regarded as striker, then moved to winger position and finally found his place as right back. Fantastic current season for Borussia and one of few that could held his head up high after Hertha Berlin relegation. Great qualities up front, fantastic cooperation with Błaszczykowski at club and national level. One of sensations of this season in Polish football.
Worth mention: Grzegorz Fonfara (playing for GKS Bełchatów currently but he sometimes struggles to get into starting eleven. Must keep his form to be more than rotation player.), Artur Jędrzejczyk (not always a right-back scores a hat-trick against Arsenal, right? After that pre-season friendly we thought that he will have his spot but few performances were unacceptable and he lost it. Still some potential in him.) and Marcin Wasilewski (massive comeback after injury just two weeks ago and he gets this place thanks to my great sympathy – when he will be back to his old, and he will be soon, second place is his for sure, may push Piszczek in national team or try to play as center back).