This article is part of the overall Ekstraklasa preview I’m doing at Polish Football Scout. Of the several pieces prepared for the readers who wish to gain an insight on what the forthcoming season of football in Poland could bring, the main theme will be numbers. You can find more about planned blog posts here, as well as links to the ones that have already been published.
One: Dawid Janczyk (Korona Kielce). Seriously, what is wrong with that guy? He has talent, know how to score goals… Personally, I remember him scoring an absolute belter for Legia against Zagłębie in Lubin. But his move to Russia, then to Belgium, then back to Poland… It’s been too much for this young guy. After all, he scored only nine goals in Polish league and went abroad way too soon, also picked wrong country… Nevertheless, there is talent. But no hard work, if you believe reports. This may be the final season for him to show finally that he can be a proven goal scorer, even if only in Polish league. Whether he takes his football career seriously or not, we will see this season.
Two: Ermin Seratlić (Jagiellonia Bialystok). Poland has been drawn against Montenegro in the same group for World Cup 2014 qualifications and we may see how one of our rivals rises from our own league to play against us. He is good, fast, with nice technique but must put more influence on his team. Will we see if he is in Czeslaw Michniewicz plans for this season.
Three: Damian Dąbrowski (Zagłębie Lubin) already had good season last year but this year he needs to step up and, as its usual for youngsters that are willing to take their chance, put his mark on the team. Jan Urban is not fully trusting in him and recent transfers shows that. Now is the time to fight for the place in starting eleven.
Four: Paweł Wszołek (Polonia Warszawa) has everything to be one of best right-midfielders in Polish league but certainly needs bigger chance. He showed in his thirteen minutes spell on the pitch against Lechia that his crossing can be exceptional and as he is technique already… but needs more minutes on the field. The competition for every spot at Polonia is extremely hard but if he gets through it, he will be fine. This is the moment for him to make that step.
Five: Jakub Kosecki (Legia Warszawa). He is one of the favorites on this blog but his summer was hit by injury and it’s doubtful whether he stays at Legia as Skorża will rather look to settle his squad than to add someone fairly new. Also it will be interesting if he will be moved on loan somewhere else and if so, this move has to be inside Ekstraklasa. For talented attacker as he is, there is no place in 1st League, he must develop now at the highest Polish tier.
Six: Michał Żyro (Legia Warszawa). If to believe Maciej Skorża, he is the closest to the squad, mostly due to his great physical appearances. He can play as a winger or attacker, can fight one on one, use his technique but he is not as fast as he could be. He has some competition inside Legia’s squad but only good things can come out of it, if he proves what worth he can be for his club.
Seven: Damian Zbozień (GKS Belchatow). Another one loaned out from Legia which is steadily building the team for the future. Defender or defensive midfielder, depending on who you trust to field him… He is very solid player that I believe will make quite an impression after playing very well for Sandecja last season. He will come back better to Legia, you will see.
Eight: Arkadiusz Milik (Górnik Zabrze) already made a big step. After all, he wouldn’t think of playing in top division even two months ago. But he did it and made his debut, which was fine one. Marked with an assist, against Śląsk on the weekend. Young striker that can fight in the air, cover and hold on to the ball. Adam Nawałka seemed very confident in putting him out and I am as curious as Górnik fans how it will turn up.
Nine: Mateusz Możdżeń (Lech Poznan) also started this season very well, noting two assists in opening trashing of ŁKS. He is very powerful, likes to play fast, quick football and fits to Lech’s counter attacking type of football. He showed what he is capable of last season, mostly against Manchester City but now he has to settle in the side and make himself as important as other first teamers are.
Ten: Paweł Olkowski (Górnik Zabrze). Another player that was in the 1st League last season and made step to the Ekstraklasa in the summer. For him, it was a short trip from Katowice but he already showed why they decided to sign him. Good dribbling skills, very confident one on one… His problem is stamina as he wanted to be substituted very early in the game against Śląsk. He played very well though.