23-year-old Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek has stated that he is eager to play for a Champions League club in future. Liverpool and Spurs should mull over a move for him.
Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is proving a sensation this season, scoring an impressive nine goals in Serie A and a further four in the Coppa Italia.
As a result, Piatek is widely believed to be on the radar of several Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have been credited with an interest in the Poland international, according to a TEAMtalk report from September.
And Piatek’s comments in a recent interview with the Corriere Della Sera made it clear that he wants to play for a Champions League team.
“If I continue like this, I can arrive at a top European club,” he is quoted as saying. “The objective is the Champions (League), I want to get there.”
With neither Liverpool nor Spurs assured of qualification to the Champions League knockout stages just yet, they may need to hold fire before planning a January bid for Piatek.
The Pole would undoubtedly be an asset for either club, given his great heading ability, a knack for getting into the right position, superb composure and top-of-the-range finishing – he is cool, clinical, precise and has a powerful shot with both feet.
In addition, Piatek is a wonderful passer of the ball – according to Whoscored.com, his pass success percentage has been above 80 percent in six Serie A games so far, and has actually hit 100 percent three times.
Liverpool would be adding to an already superb front line with the purchase of Piatek, further establishing their credentials as Premier League challengers, and as an out-and-out striker, he could either play in the centre of a 4-3-3 formation or lead the line on his own as part of a 4-2-3-1 – which Jurgen Klopp has been testing in recent weeks.
Mohamed Salah has been deployed up front on occasions, but his best position is arguably on the right wing – while the versatility and “false nine” credentials of Roberto Firmino (who has been used by Klopp as a centre-forward) could see him play alongside Piatek or behind him.
As Spurs tend to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Kane as the lone striker, Piatek is effectively a like-for-like replacement for the Englishman and is more than capable of leading the line on his own.
Piatek would most likely not play alongside Kane given the similarities between the two but, given Genoa often use a 3-4-1-2 formation with the Pole thriving up front alongside the speedy Christian Kouame, he would surely be able to do a job alongside Lucas Moura, who has been partnered with Kane by Mauricio Pochettino this season.
With so much reported interest in Piatek, however, his current Transfermarkt value of £13.5million is likely to shoot up in 2019.