If you have not heard the name “Krzysztof Piątek” before, you’re not alone. The 23-year-old was hardly a household name just a couple months ago, getting cut from the preliminary Poland squad ahead of the World Cup and moving from KS Cracovia in the Polish Ekstraklasa to Genoa in the Serie A for just €4m.
And then the season began, and Piątek has done little else other than score goals. He has eight (8!) in six league games, with a four-spot against Lecce in the Italian Cup to boot. He’s scored in every single match he’s played so far for Genoa.
His form is absolutely ridiculous, to say the least.
As mentioned on our podcast this week, Genoa's Krzysztof Piatek is leading the big 5 league in goals thus far. pic.twitter.com/FI2P1SapTo— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) October 5, 2018
Unsurprisingly, all of Europe is now being linked with him, from Juventus to Bayern, to all of the Manchesters and Milans and Madrids. There’s room for Barcelona rumors, and even a Chelsea one, for good measure — Corriere dello Sport, via CalcioMercato, has that version.
Perhaps equally unsurprisingly, Piatek’s head’s already been turned by all the attention.
“It’ll be difficult to reach Batistuta’s record and score in my first 11 matches. In the next few games I’ll be facing teams like Juve and Inter, who only give you one chance or maybe none at all. I’ll try, I want to score in all the games I play in.
“Last season I was sure I’d have gone to a better League. I’ve only been here for two-and-a-half months and I don’t know where I’ll be in the next six.”
-Krzysztof Piątek; source: DAZN via Football Italia
With prices rumored upwards of ten times what Genoa paid 3-4 months ago, Piątek could indeed by a name to keep an eye on this season. Form is temporary however, and surely no one’s going to play along with his cash-grab based on just two months of goals.
At least not yet.