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.
Swierczewski had a pretty impressive resume on the continent - and 70 national team caps to his name - but managed only one appearance at Birmingham in 2003. Image source: Twitter
Centre-back Fojut was on the books at Bolton for five years in his younger days, but took to the field just the once. Image source: Twitter
One of many strikers Pompey signed to replace Yakubu in the mid-2000s, and - like the rest - he wasn't exactly a roaring success. Image source: Twitter
A loan signing for Bolton in 2009, stirker Smolarek never really found his feet in England. Image source: Twitter
Striker Rasiak had a decent record in the Championship, but found opportunities few and far between at Spurs. Image source: Twitter
The midfielder was part of Wimbledon's famous Crazy Gang in the late 80s, but only featured a few times after the Premier League rebrand in 1992. Image source: Twitter
The most recent Polish player to join the league, Grosicki could have a key role to play in keeping Silva's Hull in the top flight.
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Wasilewski doesn't feature often for the Foxes these days, but had a hand in keeping them up under Pearson in 2015. Image source: Twitter
Bournemouth's Boruc is prone to the odd error but - on his day - he's a very capable goalkeeper. Image source: Twitter
Kuszczak largely played under-study to van der Sar at Old Trafford, but was always ready to step in when needed. Image source: Twitter
The right-back played over 100 games for Sunderland in the mid-90s - and roughly half came in the top flight. Image source: Twitter
The tidy Everton winger was one of the only foreign players in the Premier League in the early 90s, and is fondly remembered at Goodison Park. Image source: Twitter
Fabianski found opportunities limited at Arsenal but has become one of Swansea's key players (and will almost certainly leave if they go down). Image source: Twitter
Who can forget Dudek's crazy legs in Istanbul? He had an error (or three) in him but Liverpool fans will always remember. Image source: Twitter
He took some flak at Arsenal (mainly from fans of Spurs, whom he relentessly trolls) but Szczesny was a solid keeper, and may still have a future at the Emirates once Cech calls it quits.
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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.