Euro 2016: A look at Poland's home-based talents unknown to Europe

With not long to go until Poland's first match, it’s time to have a quick look at a few unknown players from their squad who will be playing in the competition.

Euro 2016: A look at Poland's home-based talents unknown to Europe
Poland's Pazdan, Maczynski and Jerdrzejczyk started against Netherlands. | Photo: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski is the main and obvious threat from the side, with opponents from the same group to be looking for a way to keep him quiet throughout the game.

Overall, Poland don’t have any other world class players besides Lewandowski, but there are a few players that should be closely watched from the squad.

Michal Pazdan

Michal Pazdan is one of the normal, down-to-earth players of the team. His style on the pitch, however, is to be aggressive, play close to the opponent and do not allow them to get past him. He has an analytical mind, likes to read an opponent's game and comes into Euro 2016 after the best season of his career.

Pazdan has the ability to play as a centre-back and as a defensive midfielder. The Legia Warsaw player earned his debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Polish went on to win 1-0 in the friendly. Since then, the 28-year-old has completed 14 appearances for Poland.

The people of Poland call him “Kung-fu Pazdan,” because of the way he plays and he was mentioned as the most brutal player in the Polish League 2015/16 by the players who were up against him. But in general, Pazdan is modest and down to earth.

Jakub Wawrzyniak

Jakub Wawrzyniak loves to make a joke whenever he wants. He once said during an interview that he decided to play in a left-back role because he realised that there weren’t many left-backs around in football. The player is in his early 30s, so he will rely on his experience during the games instead of the pace and flow of the match.

He has been a decent player at the international level and will be covering the injured Maciej Rybus who will miss the whole of Euro 2016. He will be an experienced player that Poland are taking to the Euros - him and Lukasz Piszczek are the only players from the current squad to play in their previous two Euro tournaments.

Jakub Wawrzyniak featuring for Poland against Finland | Photo: Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images
Wawrzyniak featuring for Poland against Finland. | Photo: Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Artur Jedrzejczyk

Since making his comeback to the Polish league due to the lack of game-time at FC Krasnodar, Artur Jedrzejcyk has established himself as a top right-back, but he can play anywhere in the back four. The player is known as one of the clowns from the Poland dressing-room, always creating some sort of a joke around the players.

Poland manager, Adam Nawałka, believes he will be an answer after Rybus’s injury, on the left side. The 28-year-old has already played there at the start of Euro qualifying. The defender’s style of play involves being aggressive and dynamic, but he is very limited when it comes to his technical ability. He is known to be a threat from set-pieces.

Krzysztof Maczynski

The midfielder’s relationship with Nawałka is similar to a father-son connection. He owes him a lot as Nawałka promoted him and he has created the player on the level where he can play in the national team. Maczynski is known as the most underrated player in the squad. The player missed a lot of games through injury this season, but the Polish hope he can do well despite the lack of match rhythm.

The 29-year-old is known as a calm playmaker, with good passing range but little dynamic and not skilful during a one - one situation. The player could be more useful if a system brought the best out of him. He has completed 12 appearances for Poland, making his debut in 2013 during an international friendly against Slovakia