From Warsaw to London

By now, we’ve all heard the story of how a volcanic ash cloud scuppered Blackburn’s attempts to bring Robert Lewandowski to England a few years back (and yes, it puts all of Arsene Wenger’s I nearly signed him, you know stories to shame).

The Bayern Munich forward – who few could argue against being the best ever footballer Poland has ever produced – would probably have gone down as the Premier League’s number one Polish player. Alas, he ended up at Dortmund, Blackburn were shortly thereafter relegated, and the rest is history.

Instead, many of Poland’s biggest Premier League stars played at the other end of the pitch – the country seems to have a knack for producing high quality shot-stoppers, and a handful of them have kept goal at some of England’s biggest clubs.

To help jog your memory, we’ve ranked every Polish player Premier League history – from worst to best.

With five of our top seven picks being goalkeepers – and none of the 15 players having hit more than a handful of goals – it seems like English clubs may have historically neglected Poland as a scouting pool. Many of its better attackers have typically favoured the Bundesliga – but Grosicki’s fine start at Hull could well encourage more of his countrymen to come to England.


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