Barcelona are still scouting Polish striker Krzysztof Piątek
The big story in Europe this season is that of Polish centre forward Krzysztof Piątek, and Barcelona are following it with great interest. After arriving from little-known Polish side Cracovia, he has lit the Serie A on fire with 13 goals in 9 appearances for Genoa.
Piątek started attracting attention from the big European clubs after he scored 4 goals against Lecce in the Coppa Italia. Since then, the 23-year old striker hasn’t looked back, scoring two braces in the Serie A and netting the consolation goal for Poland in the 3-2 loss to Portugal.
Barcelona are in need of a forward, although the requirement is not immediate. Despite starting the season on a positive note, Luis Suárez has fallen back to his old ways of airshots, offsides and poor finishing. And Munir is not an adequate backup to the Uruguayan veteran.
The club has been trying to find a successor to Suárez a long time, and went after Antoine Griezmann. But after it ended in failure, Éric Abidal hasn’t identified any potential targets, but may do so in the future, with the emergence of Krzysztof Piątek.
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Piątek is turning out to be the complete modern striker, with clinical finishing, good heading ability and the ability to shoot from outside the box. The youngster stays forward at all times, and is not the best passer of the ball, but can hold up play very well, much like England captain Harry Kane.
While he wouldn’t be a like-for-like replacement for Luis Suárez, Krzysztof Piątek would provide something very different, lethal finishing from anywhere on the pitch, like former Barcelona forward Henrik Larsson.
But in order to sign Piątek, Éric Abidal will have to stave off a lot of competition. Europe’s elite clubs, including Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich, are also interested in signing the Pole and have sent out scouts to monitor his progress.
But as for now, club scouts should keep tabs on Piątek and if he can sustain his form till the end of the season, Éric Abidal can make a move to bring him to the Camp Nou from Genoa.