Where Borussia Dortmund’s Trio of Star Polish Players Could Be Heading in the Premier League
Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski, and Lukasz Piszczek are three of Borussia Dortmund’s deadliest players. “Polonia Dortmund,” as they are called in Germany, were major parts in Dortmund’s league and cup double last term, and seem to be replicating that scintillating form for the second year running. It comes as no surprise then, that Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski, and Piszczeck are linked with moves to numerous of England’s top clubs, and in the case of Piszczek, even Real Madrid.
Recently, Poland’s former national coach Franciszeck Smuda only increased the speculation by adding that after Euro 2012, “[Lewandowski] is going to Manchester United, [Blaszczykowski] also somewhere in England, Piszczek to Real.” Although none of those transfers happened, they could be a very real possibility following this season’s campaign. This poses an interesting question, could this Polish trio perform the same way in the Premier League? And if England is the next move for any one of these players, which clubs would fit them best?
The most sought after member of Dortmund has been one of their most exciting players, but he is also one of their most consistent, being directly involved — when this article was written — in 36 of Dortmund’s goals in all competitions this season, scoring 26 and assisting 12.
Only 24, Lewandowski can still improve, although he is already becoming one of Europe’s best young forwards. Due to his incredible goal tally and good link up play in the Bundesliga, he is showing signs that he could play in the Premier League, which is very similar in terms of physicality. Manchester United would be his most likely destination, but he could also very well fit in at Arsenal, who are missing a consistent goal scorer that can also provide assists. Chelsea might also look to bring in Lewandowski, as Ba has virtually no competition due to Fernando Torres’s lack of consistency, although it seems a long shot should Chelsea follow up their interest in Radamel Falcao.
“Kuba” as he is known in Poland, is vital to Dortmund’s success, although he usually goes unnoticed. In only 25 appearances in the 12/13 season, he has scored 12 goals himself and assisted 8. What those stats don’t show is what sets him apart, his work rate. Blaszczykowski is as important defensively as he is offensively. He has tracked back numerous times to win the ball back, for both Poland and Dortmund. He can also use both feet if needed, this being demonstrated by his stunning goal with his weaker left foot against Russia in last summer’s European Championships. The 27 year old has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea, both of which could use his tireless running and fantastic supporting play. Even Manchester United could benefit from signing him as Antonio Valencia, the only true right midfielder in the squad, is in a seemingly endless slump, and even if he is in form he refuses to use his weaker left foot when needed.
One of Europe’s emerging fullbacks at the age of 27, Lukasz Piszczek has certainly improved since his days as a right midfielder although he still maintains his attacking mindset. Piszczek is very much an attacking threat, shown through his slick one two passing with Blaszczykowski against Ukraine followed by a slightly off balance finish. There is no reason to think he could not play in the Premier League, although he has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. If he was to move to England, Arsenal would be a great fit for him. Speculation continues around Bacary Sagna’s future, and if he leaves Carl Jenkinson will be Arsenal’s only rightback. Whether brought in to provide competition or even take over as first choice, Piszczek would not only provide Arsenal with stability at the back, but also an attacking option.
If the constant stream of transfer rumors proves to be true, any one of Dortmund’s popular Polish trio could be headed to the Premier League, and could possibly arrive at your club. Whether they can replicate their form in England remains to be seen, but all signs point toward an exciting future for Poland and Premier League supporters alike.