Before Euro 2012 the Poland manager Franciszek Smuda suggested all three of his star players would be leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer. So far none have and the rumours surrounding their club futures haven’t exactly been topping gossip columns since Poland crashed out at the group stage of Euro 2012. Smuda left his position immediately after his failure to gain qualification from a group Poland were expected to progress from, his claims that Lewandowski was to join Manchester United have so far proved unfounded with annoyed members of Borussia Dortmund’s board almost immediately coming out and refuting the idea they were about to sell another one of their star players.
Marauding right back Lukasz Piszczek who has long been ‘monitored’ by Real Madrid is the latest player to ‘top Roberto Di Matteo’s wish list’. Chelsea are in need of a right back after taking the decision not to offer Portugal defender Jose Bosingwa a new deal after failing to perform on a consistent basis in the Premier League since joining from Porto in 2008. Brazilian right back Maicon has been mentioned in despatches as another option for the Blues but his age could prove a sticking point for a club that has long proclaimed they are to combat their over reliance on ageing players with an injection of younger options. Recent history backs this up with the arrival of Lukaku, Hazard, De Bruyne and Marko Marin with Drogba, Kalou and Bosingwa all departing. Whilst not exactly a spring chicken at 27, Piszczek would arrive on the back of his best season forming part of the formidable Dortmund rearguard which has helped win back to back titles.
Whilst not always producing the killer pass or cross, the sheer number of attacks instigated by the Polish international per game could suit a Chelsea team reliant on full backs for width
Like many of his team mates Piszczek may have suffered from the pressure which came with representing the hosts. Poland after starting brightly were like rabbits caught in the headlights in their final game against a Czech side still fielding one Milan Baros as its main goal threat. The right back started the tournament as he had finished the domestic season, with a display full of what are now trademark raids up and down the flank with excellent delivery and composed defensive work. It was one of his pinpoint crosses which was met by Lewandowski to head Poland into the lead. Apart from this first period against Greece and flashes of their attacking potential against Russia in the second group game Poland never looked convinced in their own ability and the Dortmund trio couldn’t quite spark the all important group stage win.
With 4 goals and 12 assists in his two seasons with Dortmund, Piszczek has established himself as one of the league’s best attacking full backs. Whilst not always producing the killer pass or cross, the sheer number of attacks instigated by the Polish international per game could suit a Chelsea team reliant on full backs for width with players like Hazard and Mata preferring to cut inside. Of the options currently available for Di Matteo, Piszczek certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes.
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