Krzysztof Piatek is a name which was relatively unknown to the footballing world prior to his £3.5 million transfer to Genoa in the summer, but fast-forward nearly four months and the Poland international is now one of the hottest properties on the continent.
Whilst Europe’s giants were either foolishly sleeping or flexing their financial muscles elsewhere, Genoa delved into the market to secure a bargain acquisition in the summer window.
After scoring 21 goals from 36 appearances for Cracovia in the Polish Ekstraklasa, Piatek decided to move to Serie A after Genoa’s modest offer of £3.5 million was accepted.
At first glance it appeared that Genoa had secured a masterstroke deal for a prolific goalscorer, and the initial prognosis has since been validated by his performances in one of Europe’s most prestigious divisions.
Those who questioned his ability to replicate his form from Poland in Italian football were swiftly silenced by his blistering start to the campaign: Piatek scored 9 goals from his first 7 league appearances and he finally drew a blank in Genoa’s most recent fixture against Juventus.
Wow. That’s quite the record for a player with no previous experience at the elite level in European football, and it’s one which should certainly have Jurgen Klopp on high alert.
Klopp is no stranger to prolific Polish strikers: he signed Robert Lewandowski from Lech Poznan in 2010 during his time as manager of Borussia Dortmund.
Lewandowski went on to emulate his form from Poland in the Bundesliga and he became a mainstay at the spearhead of Klopp’s attack before he eventually decided to join Bayern Munich after four hugely successful seasons at the Signal Iduna Park.
And his compatriot Piatek could well be the next Lewandowski if his performances for Genoa are anything to go by; like his fellow Poland international, the 23-year-old is a complete forward who possesses both the physical and technical ability to provide so much more than just goals.
A player who uses his physical presence to hold up the ball and can also peel off the shoulder of the last defender, Piatek is any centre-backs worst nightmare as his unpredictability and enigmatic style sees him pop up in different areas throughout the final-third.
Although Roberto Firmino has firmly cemented his place as Liverpool’s first-choice centre-forward, there’s no doubt that the club would benefit from the presence of a player of Piatek’s enormous talent, and his presence would lend Klopp the opportunity to tinker with his formation by playing two up top.
Piatek’s electric start to the season has ensured that Genoa will be in a commanding position to generate a gargantuan profit on the £3.5 million they initially paid for him in the summer, but he’s a player that would be well worth forking out for.
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