This is the second edition of Polish Football Scout Ranking but the rules have changed this year – instead of my own opinions, a selected panel of experts put nominated players in direct order that gave them points – 5 for the No. 1, 3 for the No. 2, 1.5 for the No. 3 and 0.5 for Special Mentions. They were very harsh and at several positions top spots were empty, while at others only one or two footballers deserved to be picked. Out of twelve categories, only three players were given the maximum number of points by each expert and there are definitely few surprises. More information about experts and results in all categories can be found at special page – 2011 Polish Football Scout Ranking.
3rd – Przemysław Tytoń (PSV Eindhoven, 23.05.1987, 195/80) – 8 points
Of course, if you look once again at that injury from PSV – Ajax game, you have to reconsider saying that this has been Tytoń’s best year so far. But his move from Roda was widely unnoticed in Poland or maybe underestimated. After all, he just made five appearances in Polish national team, did nothing special in it, and Dutch league is rather unknown, as his qualities. But there shouldn’t be any doubt in his qualities when the recognition inside the highly regarded league came with transfer to high-flying PSV. Up to this date, he is winning in every challenge that life throws at him and even that almost neck-breaking tackle from own defender didn’t stop him from eventually coming back from injury earlier than anybody thought he will.
Similar situation to Fabiański, but in terms of ablilities much weaker. Still solid and nice addition to many clubs with European status, still relatively young as well – Andrzej Gomołysek
His progress was widely unnoticed but this is a mistake. Fine talent that can achieve more than many think – Michał Zachodny
2nd – Artur Boruc (Fiorentina, 20.02.1980, 195/90) – 13 points
Since the moment he was kicked out of the national team, the Boruc-mania seemed to vanish quicker than ever. Reports in newspapers over his fine performances in Italy shrank, only when he played really well or was praised there anybody bothered to ask him a question or two. But only few expected him to feel so comfortable in Fiorentina’s goal after 18 months and being regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in Serie A. He is still performing his antics from time to time, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t mature well with age – his progress is seen easily with each game as he now seems to be even more focused player, better at being the leader at the back. Settled, in-form and not making the headlines for wrong reasons – there we have the reasons for why he is less interesting player for the medias in 2011?
Fiorentina is not fighting for Europe places but beating Boruc is quite an achievement. Up to this date, he let in only 15 goals. Less number was achieved only by keepers of Udinese, Lazio and Juventus – Michał Szadkowski
Polish national team shouldn´t let him go – Kibu Vicuna
1st – Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal, 18.04.1990, 195/85) – 23 points
His first full year in English football at top level was sensational, enough said. Yes, there are mistakes from time to time, a mix of poor defending of his teammates and his inexperience, but this doesn’t change anything and definitely doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve to be where he is right now – number one in goal of one of the best clubs in Europe. The achievement he reached only at the age of 20, but one who knows more about him shouldn’t be surprised. Szczęsny is not afraid of any challenges – made his league debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford, while his first game in Europe was against the likes of Lionel Messi and Aders Iniesta. He won the Arsenal fans over very quickly with his performances but also character which is so unlikely for Polish footballer that plays abroad. It’s great to see that such a strong and young person as him can be idolized, feel so confident and make constant progress.
He is still making huge progress. That kind of players are born only once in all generation – Maciej Chorążyk
He has enough to be one of the best five goalkeepers in the world – Kibu Vicuna
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Łukasz Fabiański (Arsenal, 18.04.1985, 191/85) 3 points – not his year definitely, ruined by injuries and his teammate’s talent, he seems to grow to the decision that he needs a move to play more first-team football. Grzegorz Sandomierski (KRC Genk, 05.09.1989, 196/88) 3 points – his league form earned him a deserved transfer but since that move to Belgium he struggled for time on the pitch, but remains in the competition to get a place in Polish Euro 2012 squad.
Also ranked - Paweł Kieszek (Roda Kerkrade, 16.04.1984, 187/82) 1 point, Michał Gliwa (Polonia Warszawa, 08.04.1988, 188/82) 0.5 point.