Thursday, June 30, 2016

6/30/16: Blaszczykowski Should Be Who Crew Go After


If you want a man from one of this Summer's major tournaments.

It shouldn't be Jaime Ayovi, it should be Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Why?

Right age. At 30 he is still young enough to compete day in and day out.

But, also the right age to still be perhaps affordable for Major League Soccer.

Blaszczykowski is too old to start at the top class level in Europe anymore, possibly.

Alas, he doesn't play for Borussia Dortmund anymore. Was loaned to Fiorentina this past season and can't find a sniff of the field.

Fiorentina isn't a key team in Europe. 5th place in Serie A.

At 30, he's the right age to look at the next step in his career.

Perhaps, Major League Soccer.

And another good thing he can still play.



And then some.

He, not Robert Lewandowski, has been the catalyst to Poland's biggest run since the glory days of 1982.

He, once again not Lewandowski, has been the catalyst to a win and goal over Ukraine and then Switzerland.

I would of course take Lewandowski, but I mention Blaszczykowski because for the right price perhaps the Crew could bring him to America.

Maybe $5 million.

Trust me would be worth it, investment and otherwise.

If he scores again today forget about it. He'll go to an EPL team, get his spotlight.

But, consider the glory ends for Poland today against Portugal.
People may forget and he may be somewhat affordable.

For $5 million he would be worth it.

For one I would renew my season tickets again. For two, he has the moral characteristic to be a game changer in the locker room that can transform what has been a dismal season and situation. If I was Gregg Berhalter I would highlight it because if his run continues he might be out of a job in 2017.

So, instead of going after Ayovi... Someone who might not be as big of a locker room presence and doesn't fulfill a need. Ala, we have a goalscorer on 5 goals in the last 8 games. Play someone underneath Ola Kamara, who can score. And change the locker room.

That's the type of player Columbus should go after if they go after any signing.

Instead of another POSSIBLE goalscorer or POSSIBLY another player that can go into midfield. Sign the player that can POSSIBLY change it all. Sign someone like Kuba.



There's several Polish players in this game worth looking at because a few will have bigger opportunities after including possibly Blaszczykowski.

Our defense has been terrible and some Polish fans haven't rated Pazdan in the past. But, the central defender Michal Pazdan has been one of the top players in this Euro tournament for Poland.

The 28 year old plays for Polish Ektralasa side Legia Warsaw. If Poland leaves the tournament today, at 28 and playing in Poland, for like two million an adventure stateside may be appealing. And appealing for Columbus because they may finally solidify their backline again.

Also, if you want to throw a couple million Kuba's way and he has better offers. I would make the same offer to 19 year old Cracovia player Bartosz Kapustka because a couple offers in that direction and one might go.

This player makes me more excited for the future compared to even the present up top with Lewandowski.

Kapustka is a player.


He's likely to have better offers. But, perhaps if he isn't ready to start at a top club yet. To highlight himself in America for a year or two (a Giovinco like move, where he is scoring a comparable tally of goals), could lead to that.

Just with the US and Copa America done, something to look at today in Euro 2016.

I would take a look if I was Columbus. Even though Poland is much improved, perhaps doesn't get the respect as of yet compared to most in European soccer. So, may be the correct deal there. Perhaps the only opportunity left in that Summer tournament considering that. If we can go after a 28 year old Ecuadorian Copa America player, Poland might have a player or two we can go after. Worth a look.

Also, think ownership is ready for a bigger deal this Summer. I don't, like most Crew fans, expect the Columbus Crew to have some of the bigger deals in MLS. But, I think they could and are ready to sign someone in the $3-5 million range in total.

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