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Is Kownacki the Next Lewandowski?

Dawid Kownacki is one of Lech Poznan's biggest talents / Lech Poznan
Is Kownacki the Next Lewandowski?

POZNAN, Poland. May 23 (PSN) – Most experts agree that he has earned the right to be called “the next Robert Lewandowski”, not only by his honours (that are many) but mainly because of his incredible approach to the goal, and his creativity.

That player is Dawid Kownacki, born March 14, 1997, in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland, whom is one of the rising stars of Lech Poznan.

His talents in the past years have not gone unnoticed, as already English teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea, whom were in a head to head race for the young star to join their ranks. They sent scouts to watch Kownacki and they returned very pleased with the performance of the striker. In fact, they rushed back to England to push the team’s managers to push an offer on the player, as they also saw scouts of Leicester City in the stands.

Poland is the host of the Under-21 European Championship, and Kownacki is one of the stars of the U-21 National Team that will soon face England. Some say that this interesting match is one of the “key encounters” for the young striker to shine. The big betting houses like William Hill move the scales in favour of the Poland side, as the team has shown great potential and is comfortable at the top of their group.

This Ekstraklasa season saw 11 goals out of the striker, most of them in a very similar fashion as Lewandowski used to score in his early career. Their style is also very similar, and the shape of Kownacki’s career seems to be turning as the Bayern Munich’s star. In his blossoming career, he scored a total of 27 goals in 108 appearances, as Lewandowski scored 37 times in 63 matches for Znicz Pruszkow between 2006 and 2008.

“Yes he could be the next Robert Lewandowski, but why not be even bigger than ‘Lewy’? I like his style”, said Mirosław Okonski, former Lech Poznan midfielder.

Most veterans of Lech Poznan like his play style and believe the 20-year-old to be an ideal striker.

“He is not selfish; he looks to deliver the pass when sees another player in a better position. He has huge potential”, stated Okonski in a recent interview. Some experts say that “he is a forward that doesn’t wait for things to happen if goals don’t come looking to him, he goes and brings them home”. They also say that the future of this bright young star is “on his feet, and only God knows what is in store for the ‘young Lewy’, but if he is lucky he can climb to the top”. For now, only time will say.

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