Since the start of the season, Krzysztof Piatek, whose name I’m still learning to spell but will undoubtedly become second nature by the time the summer transfer window rolls around, has played just one (1) match for club and country in which he failed to find the back of the net. That was his debut for Poland, a 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland back in September. He scored in his only other international appearance, the 3-2 loss to Portugal last Thursday (he did not play against Italy yesterday). But it’s his record for his club that’s turning heads across Europe.
The 23-year-old, who didn’t even lead the Polish top division in scoring last season — he “only” had 21 — is now up to 13 goals in 8 games for Genoa, 9 in 7 in Serie A matches alone. That gets even more impressive (as if that was possible) if we consider that Genoa have only scored 12 goals altogether, which gives Piatek alone a ridiculous 75% of their total. How long can he keep this up is anyone’s guess. He’s never scored at such rates in his career — a fairly standard 1-in-2 in Poland — which is why Genoa were able to land him for just €4m in June.
That is also why they are in no hurry to sell him or even name a price for him. They know they’re sitting on a gold mine, and all of Europe is watching, from Juventus to Barcelona, Napoli to Bayern, all the Manchesters to all the Madrids, and beyond.
“We are talking about a striker who has the goal in his DNA. All the goals have been scoring are no coincidence. His best qualities his the ability to always be in the right position, far from the opponent defenders.”
“He is like a striker that used to play in the 60s or 70s. Goals do the talking for him. He doesn’t talk a lot, but he scores. He is a serious person, even in the last period he’s been very focused despite all the rumors and speculations.”
“Many scouts came to watch him in the last few weeks, especially from Germany and Spain. In Italy, every top club asked information about him. Genoa fans will enjoy Piatek until the end of the season. We don’t name his price, the price is made by his performances and we know Piatek can still improve.”
-Giorgio Perinetti, Genoa DoF; source: Tuttosport via CalcioMercato
Barring a major injury, this is a solid plan. Generate a bidding war and watch his price skyrocket. Chelsea have been named as an interested party before, and given Piatek’s size, skill, and obvious goalscoring talent, we might as well grab a seat and watch the madness unfold.