Krychowiak: The road from transfer flop to the top

“Had you told me 12 months ago that a footballer like him is about to join West Bromwich Albion, I would have laughed at you. Nevertheless, the situation has changed dramatically during the past year and we are witnessing history.”


These are words of Phil McNulty, editor-in-chief of BBC football section who could not believe during a talk with iCov News that Grzegorz Krychowiak chose to spend a year on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

The arrival of the Polish international marked a new chapter of the Second City club where avoiding relegation would be taken for granted. Fans of the club might now finally have the chance to seriously discuss with other supporters of Top 6 clubs.


However, after a few weeks we are entitled to say that the club failed to live up their promises. The iCov News editorial room has had an in-depth look, if Krychowiak himself has done so. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old was labelled by Albion chairman John Williams as “the best player that has played in West Midlands throughout the 21st century”. Right now though, the Polish international has become one of many of the club’s latest failures.


Gurdev has been attending games at the Hawthorns since mid 90-s but still insists that never before has he experienced such a good player like Krychowiak in The Baggies jersey

The magnitude of Grzegorz Krychowiak’s career proves the fact that before joining The Baggies he barely knew anything about the club’s existence. And so he shouldn’t. After being chased in the transfer market by European giants one year ago, the Pole – after being selected in the dream team of Euro 2016 – is now playing alongside West Bromwich main man Claudio Yacob, who is average at best.

Nonetheless, the 27-year-old footballer was forced to save his career because of terrible season at PSG. West Bromwich seemed to be a reasonable option. After collecting 7 out of 9 points from first three games, the Baggies entailed everything what Krychowiak needed before next year’s World Cup: minutes, permanent place in the line-up and trust of coach Tony Pulis.


Since landing at the Hawthorns, however, the club picked up just four league points out of 24 possible and settled for a relegation battle. But as Jacek Stańczyk, the editor-in-chief of Polish sport outlet WP Sportowe Fakty said to iCov News, it is not Krychowiak who should be particularly blamed for this state of affairs: – Grzegorz instantly has become a crucial part of the team. It seems obvious that West Bromwich are struggling to find any points, especially in away games. But Krychowiak is probably the last player to be criticised by fans.


According to the Premier League’s stats centre, even though the Polish international missed the first few games of the season, he is the leader of the team in terms of interceptions which is likely to be followed by the same figures in passes and touches. But Baggies manager Tony Pulis still thinks that Krychowiak might develop in the next couple of weeks. All he has to do is become familiar with the British style of playing.


Simon Stone from BBC Sport told the iCov News that it would not be any problem for the former Sevilla star. Playing for West Brom entails high pressure, physical appearance and fast sprinting from defence to attack. Grzegorz is used to all these aspects of the game.

WBA manager Tony Pulis believes that Krychowiak might extricate his side from this season’s difficulties (Source: Birmingham Mail)


The Baggies supporters hope so. Eventually, Tony Pulis claimed that this season is going to be the toughest for the club to survive. But in order to avoid relegation, you cannot rely on an in-depth squad which features only average players. There are stars who makes these “six point games” easier to adapt. And Krychowiak is the main man amongst them all.

Especially given that all banners which promote tickets for games at the Hawthorns features a frame of Polish international. Despite the lack of wins with Krychowiak on the pitch, supporter Gurdev Bal, who has not missed any home game of the Baggies since mid 90s, said the iCov News: “I am wearing his jersey as he is just the best. He is just a too high- class player to play for us. He should have joined Arsenal or Liverpool.”


One of the best general managers in footballing history, Monchi, ranked Krychowiak’s transfer to Sevilla as his best recruit ever. But this is not accidental. Krychowiak is such a professionalist that he demanded DVD’s of Albion’s games from last season to ensure he adapts quickly to Premier League requirements. If he maintains his development, his loan to West Brom might surprise not only Phil McNulty but also every single pundit of English football across the World.



Maks Chudzik


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