Poland isn’t exactly known for her footballing history or prowess. But she has produced some of the finest footballers in history, including elite striker, Robert Lewandowski, and legendary goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny. These players have started moving the world since they were both youngsters and are a favourite to pool out for when making player props bet at bookies like GG.bet. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at a few youngsters who have been exceptional and have the potential to become the pillars behind Polish football in the near future, taking it to a higher level.
Brighton bullied off some top clubs to secure the signing of Kacper Kozlowski in January 2022 from Pogon Szczecin before loaning him to the Belgian league to complete the remainder of the season. The 20-year-old midfielder is well known for his close control, dribbling and eye for line-breaking passes. Despite suffering a horrifying injury from a car accident that kept him out of action for six months in January 2020, he came back and was just as good as ever! He is a regular in Poland’s squad list and made Goal’s NXGN 2020 Top 20. He’s currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, from Brighton.
Patryk Peda may be playing in the third tier of Italian football, but his talent and ability have been recognized by top scouts and coaches around the world. The towering 190m centre-back signed for Palermo from SPAL in September 2023 but was loaned back to SPAL for the 2023/23 Serie C season. Patryk Peda is a regular in the Poland U-21 side and has been recently called up to play for the first team in the Euro qualification matches. There, he performed excellently well. It surely won’t come as a surprise when we see him make a move soon to one of the top five leagues.
One of the hottest prospects in Polish football is easily Filip Marchwinski. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is a product of Lech Poznan Academy and has played all his football at the club. As such, he has been indoctrinated in the style of Polish football. He has also been playing for the Polish youth setup since as far back as 2014 when he was called up to the Poland U-13s. He is currently Lech Poznan’s youngest Estraklasa goalscorer and one of the Polish fans’ favourites. Filip Marchwinski has no problem using either of both feet, which has made him blossom into a proper “10”. He has five goals and one assist in 10 games for the current Estraklasa season. He earned a call-up to the first team during a Euro qualification game, in October 2023.
Jakub Kaminski is a 21-year-old left winger who plays in the highest tier of German football, the Bundesliga. The electric winger climbed up the ranks of Lech Poznan and was voted as Ekstraklasa’s Young Player of the Season following Lech Poznan’s Championship win during their 100th anniversary. He made a move to Wolfsburg the following season, where he has since been improving his game. He is now a regular on the Poland squad list, since 2021, and has earned 11 caps so far.
Standing one inch taller than Robert Lewandowski, Szymon Wlodarczyk may well be touted as the next Lewandowski, given his exceptional ability to read the game and get into good scoring positions. The 20-year-old centre-forward was signed by Sturm Graz for a fee in excess of $2 million, from Gornik Zabrze, in July 2023, after an exceptional season where he scored nine goals with an extra assist from 18 starts. He’s doing even better in the Austrian Bundesliga, where his four goals and one assist are helping Sturm Graz stay atop the table. He is yet to earn a call-up to the first team but he’s a regular in the youth set-ups.
Another centre-back makes the list of the finest Polish prospects in football. The 20-year-old footballer ascended through the ranks of Unia Warsaw before signing for Legia Warsaw in 2018, where he became popular for his solid defensive style and aerial ability. He won the Estraklasa in 2020 with Legia Warsaw and then made a move to Piast Gliwice in June 2021. He continued playing just as impressively in Piast Gliwice and was named Ekstraklasa’s Young Player of the Season for the 2022/23 season. He also received Ekstraklasa Young Player of the Month in March 2022 and April 2023. He’s commonly regarded as one of the players securing the football future of Poland.
Poland has the potential to break into the top 20 footballing nations in a few years given the crop of young players being bred. Other notable mentions include Dominik Marczuk and Alexander Buksa.