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Friday, 19 January 2018 18:34

Kownacki. First steps, first goals!

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When you are starting the adventure in pastures new, there's surely a point in making it 'Dawid Kownacki' style. The Polish youngster who was brought into the league in winter BOD window by Baranello, manager of Lokomotiv Tashkent in PS4 Division 2, made his entrance spectacularly enough, by scoring a lovely header in his first game in which he was lined up as a starter. 

Kownacki, who replaced a start veteran Jermain Defoe has certainly big shoes to fill. The Englishman, who was on his way to challenge division top scorers with 8 goals in just 10 games, was sacrificed by the club's board for the bigger aim - invest in a young promising striker. Poland does not have a great record of producing top-tier strikers. Lewandowski and Milik are rather the exceptions making the rule, so there's quite a gamble in bringing such young Polish player to a club, in return for one of the crown jewels.

Dawid Kownacki who is a product of Lech Poznan Soccer Academy, appeared in PES only this year, as formerly he was not registered with Polands National Team. Having great professional starting spell with Lech's first team, he finally moved to Sampdoria and also made his breakthrough to the national team, playing sub role so far, but if he manages to keep his record (6 goals in 235 minuts of official games in Serie A and Coppa Italia), he might be a viable partner for Robert Lewandowski for World Cup in Russia, should Arkadiusz Milik be unable to perform at his usual top level after getting back from knee injury.

Future aside, he has already stolen hearts of Lokomotiv's fans. He's quick, he's explosive, his height and agility make him a dangerous character in the opponent's box. The fans didn't have to wait too long for him to prove his goal scoring instincts. In the firstt half of a friendly game against Amoss' Arsenal FC, he launched a towering header after a corner, past the helpless keeper, and lifted the roof off Loko's home ground.

Before that, he had worked out at least one great chance to score too. Later in the game he was always lurking in the box for the opportunity to score, but he made his presence on the wings too in overlapping plays with Sammaritano. That's what fans love to see, and that's what makes Baranello certain, that letting Defoe go will prove a good move in the final calculation. Off to a great start, and let even better things come soon!



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