‘Natural goalscorer’ – Expert’s full lowdown on Spurs and Chelsea target Krzysztof Piatek

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bring in AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek before Friday’s January transfer deadline with Chelsea closely monitoring the situation.

Spurs have held talks with Milan over the 24-year-old Poland international who is their main striker target. Piatek scored 30 goals in all competitions in Italy last season but has fallen down the pecking order this campaign with the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Serie A club.

With Harry Kane out injured until April, Tottenham are believed to be looking for a loan deal for Piatek with an option to buy, similar to the deal they did with Benfica for Gedson Fernandes, while the Italians want a more definite obligation to buy.

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Chelsea are also believed to be monitoring the situation as they look for another striker to bolster their forward ranks, following Tammy Abraham’s injury. Barcelona have also reportedly enquired about the forward.

We spoke to Jarosław Koliński, a football journalist at Przeglad Sportowy, Poland’s biggest sports newspaper, to get the full lowdown on Piatek and all his strengths and weaknesses.

“A year ago there was a kind of ‘Piatek-mania’ in Poland,” explained Koliński. “Piatek moved to Milan from Genoa for 35million euros and it was a record fee for a Polish player ever.

“To be honest nobody expected that his talent would explode so much. In fact only his last two seasons in Poland were good. He scored 11 and 21 goals for Cracovia. Then suddenly it turned out that he can be so effective in Serie A as well.”

On the strengths and weaknesses of the young striker, Koliński explained: “Piatek is typical number nine, a centre-forward. He can shoot with both feet and head. He has a good reaction time, in Poland we say that the ball always looks for him in the penalty area.

“Piatek is a natural goalscorer. His weakness is his speed, he is not very fast….


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