Adrian Mierzejewski’s recent move to Saudi Arabian Champions Al Nassr, has effectively closed the door for him to the Polish national team. If it hasn’t, it really should have.
Mierzejewski is still at a prime footballing age, and yet he has already made the kind of move that players make when in the final stages of their career, in order to make some big money before they retire. Mierzejewski decided not to wait and wants to make the big bucks right away. Unfortunately the quality of the league he will be joining is not even close to the level of the one he most recently played in, and probably doesn’t even match up to the standards of the Polish league.
Mierzejewski of course is not the first Polish player to move to an exotic league. Ebi Smolarek spent half a year at Qatar club Al-Khor, and Jacek Bak also spent a couple of years in that country. He was a more interesting case. After his move to Al-Rajjan back in 2005, he continued to feature in the Polish national team. He was 32 though, and the captain of Poland at the time. Smolarek moved when he knew his international career was over.
Other than the money of course, is this one of Mierzejewski’s main motives too? He doesn’t believe he will get a call up, so has chosen to make some money while he is still able to?
Adam Nawalka has not been too keen on Mierzejewski since he took over. He was picked for Poland’s first friendly match back in November, but he not been selected since. With Mierzejewski not being one of Nawalka’s favorites, this move to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to help him.
Mierzejewski has not officially retired from the Polish team or [like Eugen Polanski or Ludovic Obraniak previously] stated that does not wish to be considered for any call ups while Nawalka is in charge. He is still available, but one can’t help but wonder if any kind of form will be good enough for the Polish coach, because of where he is based.
Mierzejewski’s new club will be featuring in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League. Would lifting that trophy or even scoring a goal in the Asian Champions League final make any difference? It’s highly unlikely.
It’s a shame to see something like this happen. Mierzejewski isn’t the first Polish player to choose money over sporting ambition, but with Robert Lewandowski making his move to Bayern Munich via free transfer, Mierzejewski does still remain Poland’s most expensive player. In fact, he holds the top two positions in that category, having moved to Turkey for 5.25 million euros, before making his current move for Saudi Arabia for 6 million.
However you look at it, the most expensive Polish player ever, still in his twenties, currently does not and is not likely to play for Poland any time soon.
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