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Arkadiusz Milik Should Be Flattered But Stay At Gornik For Now

Isn’t it nice to be wanted? Polish super striker Arkadiusz Milik is on the radar of up to half a dozen European clubs following an impressive start to the season.

The 18-year-old has scored six times in nine games for Gornik Zabrze and that form has put him firmly in the sights of some big name clubs, including Aston Villa, Everton, Udinese and Lyon.

Milik is something of a unit. He’s tall, strong, not afraid to put his head where it hurts and has a pretty good eye for goal. Throw in his energy and work-rate, you can see why eyes are being cast in his direction.

I can’t really see him being able to make much of an impact at either Villa or Everton. Despite both teams setting up with a big man up front, the likes of Benteke, Bent, Jelavic and Mirallas will be ahead of Milik in the pecking order and I can’t see him breaking into either first team.

It might be worth one or other team buying him and loaning him back to Gornik but Lyon look like being a good fit. They compete at a high level, aren’t filled to busting with strikers and also seem to like a tall striker or two.

Milik is only 18 so probably should stay in Poland for at least another couple of seasons. He looks like quite a prospect but has a lot of rough edges to shave off.

I could see him doing a job at Lyon and maybe a trip over the Channel in a few years time, but a move to the Premier League at this stage of his career could make him the new Ryan Babel. Or the new David Ngog. Or the new Andy Carroll. No offence Liverpool, but your youth buying policy is pretty shocking.

We will see more of Milik, but not for a few years if he has any sense.

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