Few players come along and have the same sort of midfield impact as Frank Lampard of Chelsea in the respect that they are able to do a midfield job so well, but also offer a big goal threat.
Piotr Zielinski is one such player and that seems to be the reason Manchester United have invested a lot of time and interest in the teenager, who is attracting top clubs from all over the world.
It’s the numbers from his Under-21 appearances which are most striking because he’s not a striker and he’s scoring a better ratio of goals to many forwards in the Under-21 leagues of Italian football.
United have been linked with another famous Pole, Robert Lewandowski, for much of the season but there is no guarantee they will get him from Borussia Dortmund.
The difference here is that it could be much easier for them to sign Zielinski if Udinese learn of the interest.
He’s relatively unproven at the top level, which means he could go for close to his market value which is currently under £500,000, worth a punt for United as that is easily affordable to such a big club.
It’s also important to point out that of the six levels of international football he’s played, he’s only failed to score at Under-16 level, retaining his goalscoring record with a one in three strike rate at both Under-19 and Under-21 level.
United need to act quickly because Zielinski is a midfielder who has clear potential and they have all of the resources needed to make the transition over to England very easy for him.
His current contract at Udinese runs out next summer, which could make the Italian side willing to listen to offers for him this summer.
It’s a gamble and an investment, but then that’s the same for any teenager from another European league. United won’t be able to see if he has what it takes to play in England unless they give him a chance.
David Moyes has always had a very good record of bringing through young players from his Everton days and if he learns about this lad early in his new role as United boss, he may well thank the scouts personally.
Worth a £500,000 bid? What do you think?