Piotr Zielinski has been in the transfer news for quite some time now and has been primarily linked with a move to Liverpool. Liverpool have competition from Napoli, but reports suggest that Zielinski has preferred Liverpool over Napoli. Liverpool have made a bid worth 9.5 million euros for the Polish midfielder and are clear frontrunners in the race to finalise a deal for him. He has been termed as the perfect replacement for Joe Allen aka Welsh Xavi. Liverpool are very close to signing the Polish midfielder but the question is:
Is Piotr Zielinski good enough for Liverpool?
Zielinski currently is a member of the squad of Serie A outfit Udinese. He joined Udinese at the age of 17, but came into the limelight during his 2-year loan spell at Empoli. Last season, Zielinski made 35 appearances for Empoli, scoring 5 times and assisting 4. Zielinski played as an attacking midfielder last season, but can also play deeper as a central midfielder and in both the wings.
The Polish midfielder’s style of play includes dribbling and playing through balls. He is more of a creative midfielder, similar to the likes of Coutinho and Firmino. He plays short passes, does not hesitate taking shots at the goal from distance and creates a lot of goal scoring chances. Last season, Zielinski created 52 goal scoring chances which show why he is important for any team he plays. Zielinski is not very good at playing the high pressing game and he might take some time adjusting to Klopp’s style of play.
Liverpool have already signed Marko Grujic, a midfielder and have Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Emre Can, vying for a place in Liverpool’s playing eleven. And in the attacking section, Liverpool have Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and James Milner. If Zielinski joins Liverpool, he might not get proper game time, with many good midfielders already in the squad. And it might not be good for Zielinski. Also, considering the talent that is already at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, Zielinski will not get many chances.
Zielinski is an exciting young talent and is a prospect for the future. He still needs a lot of development and time is on his side. He is just 22 and can become a world class player. And right now, Liverpool do not need the services of Zielinski and can look to sign him after a few seasons.