Why abandon a paid strategy? This must be the reflection of the sports management of RC Lens at the moment concerning the transfer window. A year after the recruitment of Przemysław Frankowski (27 years old, ex-Chicago Fire), it is a new Polish player straight from the United States and Major League Soccer who arrives in the north of France, in the person of Adam Buksa (25 years old). In France, this name may not mean much to you, and that’s normal. On the other hand, it is anything but a coincidence that the Sang et Or have decided to pay 6 M€ to have him sign a 5-year contract with Bollaert-Delelis.
Despite training in his hometown, Krakow, and pre-training in Italy (Novara), he only saw his career take off during the 2018-2019 season with Pogon Szczecin (11 goals in Ekstraklasa, Polish D1). It didn’t take long (January 2020) for the New England Revolution to break the bank and make Adam Buksa the second most expensive player in its history (€4m). The least we can say is that on the other side of the Atlantic, the scorer with 8 caps (5 goals) with the Białe Orły has forged quite a reputation.
« Sometimes in Poland they call it ‘Air Force Buksa' »
Thanks to his formidable profile, as physically imposing (1.91m, 80 kg) as technically gifted, Adam Buksa, who remained on a good series of 7 goals in 9 games, planted 35 pawns in 73 appearances in MLS. More than respectable statistics for a player constantly threatening in the head. « Sometimes in Poland they call it ‘Air Force Buksa' »reveals Piotr Koźmiński, journalist for the Polish media Wirtualna Polska (WP). “He knows how to use his size and aerial ability very well. If you look at his latest goals in MLS, you will see that many of them are marked with an accurate header”adds our colleague.
Precisely, taking a closer look, we see that 13 of his 35 achievements were marked with the head (15 from the left, his strong foot, and 7 from the right). The statistics rarely lie and also prove his ease with both feet. But his heading game is obviously not his only asset. « General efficiency » remains one of its main strengths. « He doesn’t need a lot of chances to score. He converts a lotanalyzes Piotr Koźmiński. I would say that there is no area where it is very weak. It has a bit of everything”continues the Polish journalist, while Buksa could perhaps still gain momentum.
The ideal partner for Lewandowski with Poland!
What reassure the supporters of the artesian club, especially since Arnaud Kalimuendo, after two seasons spent in Lens, is, for the moment, back at PSG, and that it is therefore necessary to replace the Parisian Titi and his 12 goals last year in Ligue 1. “I think he can bring in a decent number of goalsadvances our colleague. What’s also important is that he uses his head and not just to direct the ball. He is a very intelligent, well-educated person, who has his head on his shoulders. So there will be no problem with him off the pitch. He has matured a lothe specifies, before taking the bet. I think he should score at least 10 goals in his first season. » This appreciable personality does not leave anyone indifferent in Poland.
The reputation of the older brother of Aleksander Buksa, who plays in Genoa, is improving over the weeks. “Before, not everyone took MLS seriously because there was a stereotype that it was a championship for old people”details the journalist for WP. “But we can all see that things have changed and MLS is a good way to get back to the top of Europe”. And Piotr Koźmiński to conclude. « Czesław Michniewicz, the Poland national team manager, told us recently that Buksa’s form is so good that he is currently considered Lewandowski’s main partner in tactics where Poland use two strikers. » Many elements which in any case suggest that once again, the RC Lens has once again hit the bull’s eye. Response on the lawns of Ligue 1 in the coming months.