Headlines in English tabloid The Sun are linking London club Tottenham Hotspur with a 2 million pound move for midfielder Karol Linetty. Lech would be adding around 12 million Polish złoty to their coffers, which would be a pretty good return on investment for an academy product. Is this necessarily the best move for the player though? Probably not.
After Robert Lewandowski's four-goal demolition of Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final two seasons ago, a story went around about Blackburn missing out on signing him cheap from Lech due to the volcano explosion in Iceland. Despite being for the most part untrue (Lewandowski was never seriously considering the offer from Blackburn), this story has a life of its own, that will never let it die. So now, it's in vogue to find some young Central or Eastern European starlet on the cheap (imagine too if you can say it's from Lech Poznan!) to bring over to England. Sorry to say though Tottenham fans, Karol Linetty is not Robert Lewandowski.
First, it's important to note how much Lewandowski had already achieved in Polish football at the time of his move to Dortmund. League golden boot award, led his team to the league title and a successful UEFA Cup run behind him, there was little else for him to achieve at Lech, and he left the Ekstraklasa as a star. Despite all this, he still struggled in his first season abroad (as most Polish players do), but luckily found himself playing for Jurgen Klopp who was able to get the best out of him and make him one of the best strikers in Europe. In the case of Karol, he hasn't really proven himself to be the best Polish midfielder, or dominated the Ekstraklasa (a relatively weak league) in the way Lewandowski was able to.
It's time for Polish players to stay a season longer, play the whole year, get Lech back in to the Europa League group stage, make a run for the title, and then think about a "dream move to England". As with most young footballers though, money talks, and Lech's ownership aren't the kind who will overlook a quick addition to the budget.