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    Top 5 Polish Premier League Players

    Kamil Grosicki joined Hull City on transfer day on quite a coup out of nowhere and is already one of Poland's most gifted wingers in what appears to be their Golden Generation registering 48 caps for the Eagles, scoring in the recent Euros and helping them achieve a record high of 14th place in the FIFA World Rankings. Thrown in the deep end against Liverpool and Arsenal he appeared to flourish providing a multitude of Crosses. Though will he be a success? This article will look at 5 of the best players from Poland since the Premier League began.

    5. Emmanuel Olisadebe
    Olisadebe had played just two caps for Portsmouth after joining them in 2002. Both as a substitute meaning he had under 90 minutes of game play for Portsmouth, with his contract being terminated after four months with the south coast club. Though he did join them after his prime. The Nigerian born Pole will be remembered more fondly on his role of guiding Poland to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. Scoring 8 goals in 10 games on route to their qualification. Their first World Cup since 1986. He even notched a singular vote for his efforts in the 2001 player of the year award. The winner though being Luis Figo. His honours are short though, and occurred early on in his career winning the Polish Treble with Polonia Warsaw in his first season with the club, their first Ekstraklasa league title in 50 years. He also helped Panathinaikos win the Greek double in 2004.

    4. Grzegorz Rasiak
    Rasiak had two spells in the top flight of English Football, though would be considered a journeyman playing frequently in the Premiership and Championship over the course of 6 years between 2004-2010. He signed for Tottenham in 2005 though only turned out 8 times for Martin Jol's side, scoring 0 goals. He then moved to Southampton, proving to be much more of a threat as a target man. So much so that he secured a move to Bolton Wanderers to replace the outgoing Nicolas Anelka on Loan, and although Rasiak stands at 6'3 tall the boots were too big to fill and yet again he failed to make an impact in the Premier League failing to score in 7 games. He scored 8 goals for Poland and was part of the 2006 World Cup squad. Though his failure to score in the Premier League was ultimately the reason why he was not brought to the 2008 European Championships.

    3. Wojciech Szczęsny
    Although being a part of Legia Warsaw's impressive Youth Academy Szczęsny has been part of Arsenal's set up since 2006 before making the step up to the first team in 2009. Despite going on loan to Brentford and currently being on loan to AS Roma, the 6'5 Pole will always live long in the heart of Arsenal fans for his antics off of the pitch. He is the son of another Goalkeeper Maciej Szczęsny, who also on the books for Legia Warsaw. Wojciech seems to make impacts for his clubs wherever he goes, even being named Brentford's Goalkeeper of the decade. In his time with Arsenal he has won 2 consecutive FA Cups, Arsenal's first Silverware in a decade and a Premier League Golden Glove award in 2014. He played games in the 2016 Euro's too but an injury forced him to make way for Łukasz Fabiański, who himself just misses out on a place in the top 5 Polish Players. Szczęsny has been benched by both Arsenal and Roma for being caught Smoking but appears to be in fine form, being a saviour for Rome in one of their recent fixtures. He also appears in YouTube videos showing a more human side playing FIFA or giving his views.

    2. Artur Boruc
    Boruc is so high on this list because he is one of the most decorated Polish Footballers to have played in the Premier League and is currently Bournemouth's number 1 Goalkeeper and whatever he continues to achieve in the future will always be remembered for leading the Cherries from the back to their first ever appearance in the Premier League in 2015 by winning the Championship. Boruc started his career in Poland and became club captain of Legia Warsaw, whilst during his time there also helped them achieve another domestic double with the league and cup in 2002. A move to Celtic came next which saw the Pole win 3 Scottish Premiership titles in a row. As well as Cups and League Cups with the Glasgow club. His spell with Celtic was smeared when antagonising Ranger's Protestant fans by heralding Pro-Catholic messages though this only made him more popular with Celtic. His time in Southampton came after two years with Fiorentina and when he was deemed Surplus to requirements at St.Marys stadium he made that famous move to Bournemouth surely becoming a club legend and one of club's best ever Goalkeepers.

    1.    Jerzy Dudek
    Readers will notice by now that Poland only produce good Goalkeepers and Dudek is the most famous of all Keepers to play for the Eagles. He is their second most capped player, playing 60 times and played with them in their first World Cup in 16 years in 2002. His reign in goal for Poland spanned 15 years and when he was dropped towards the end of his career due to a lack of caps for Real Madrid, Polish fans sung his name when results were against them due to poor Goalkeeping. His first big break came for Feyenoord where he won the Eredivisie and in 2000 he became the first foreign player to win the Dutch Golden Shoe award. (basically player of the year.) With his first season in Liverpool he helped the Reds come second in the league and was amongst nominees for FIFA's best Goalkeeper award. It was Dudek's performance in the Champions League Final which is where he will be remembered by Liverpool fans. When 3-0 down at half time he inspired the team to victory with possibly one of the most famous saves of the century to deny Milan a late winner in extra time. His penalty Grobbelaar inspired antics put off Milan players to save the penalties and win the trophy. Only the third Polish player to do so. The less said about his Real Madrid career the better, still, ending ones career with Real Madrid isn't bad. His last game though came for Poland 2 years after leaving Madrid even wearing 60 on the back of his jerzy. (sorry, bad pun intended.) Dudek was also instrumental in Poland winning the right to co-host the Euros with Ukraine in 2012. Dudek probably acted as an inspiration to the other Goalkeeping Greats Poland now has to offer.

    Honourable Mention

    Kazimierz Deyna
    Deyna played in the era of English Football where the Premier League was still referred to as Division 1. Deyna played over 300 caps for Legia Warsaw before transferring to Manchester City in 1978 where foreign players weren't as common as they are now and although struck by injury he is still regarded highly by Manchester City fans. He helped Poland to a Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympics. After his spell at City he moved Stateside to play for the San Diego Sockers. He played 602 club games scoring 267 goals. He is also Poland's most capped player with 97 appearances. Though he died in San Diego aged 41 in a Car Collision. 2 years after retiring. There are monuments aplenty dedicated to Deyna. He was voted Poland's Best Player ever in 1994 and the number 10 jersey for Legia is now retired. He also appeared in the 1981 film Escape to Victory alongside Bobby Moore, Pelé and Michael Caine.

    So that's the lot! Any other suggestions, be sure to comment below!

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