Birmingham City are claimed to be interested in Norwich City winger Przemysław Płacheta, That’s according to reports in the winger’s native Poland, which says Blues and clubs ‘outside the UK’ are keen on the 24-year-old, first on loan and then on a permanent deal in 2023.
The rumour comes with Blues yet to make a move in the transfer market while everyone waits for a takeover of the club. Certainly wide attacking players are in short supply within the first team group, as is Placheta’s main attribute – pace.
Here’s what you need to know about a player who struggled for game-time in the Premier League last season.
Who is he?
A flying winger, born in Łowicz in central Poland in March 1998. He comes from an athletic family, with his brother Marcin a former youth European champion in the 4x100 meters relay and an Olympic bobsleigh racer. Another brother Sylwester was a former professional foobal with MKS Kutno. He has played in both Poland, Germany and England and can operate on either wing.
His first club was ŁKS Łódź whom he joined after his father say an advert in a newspaper. “To this day, I remember that day and how happy I was then. It was a unique experience,” Placheta said. Eventually the commute became an issue and after a year-and-a-half he moved to Polonia Warsaw, with whose coach Michał Maliszewski he remains in contact.
At just 17-years-old he moved to RB Leipzig where ex-Manchester United head coach Ralf Rangnick was in charge of all footballing matter. Indeed after only a few weeks Rangnick called him up for friendly matches against Dukla Praga and Werder Bremen.
A chance to play senior football came in the German third tier came in 2017 and he leapt at it. He joined Leipzig’s partner club Sonnenhof Großaspach and he made a good start before things went awry. “I had a goal and an assist. I thought it was going in the right direction, but the coach was pushing me to left-back. I didn't feel good there. I was always drawn to the front. I would go up the wing or the "10" but I didn't play much.”
Placheta moved back to Poland with Pogoń Siedlce and although he played regularly the team was relegated from the second tier. That prompted a move to top flight outfit Silesia Wrocław in June 2019 – and his career had lift off. Placheta had the choice of several Ekstraklasa clubs but opted to sign a three-year deal with the Silesian outfit. An outstanding breakthrough season saw him score eight and provide five assists in 34 league matches. He also recorded the top speed of any player in the league during that season.
All of which attracted the attention of Norwich City, Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke who paid a reported €3million for his services. Placheta signed a four year deal in the summer of 2019.
Farke welcomed his arrival: “Przemyslaw is an unbelievably interesting player. He has seen a lot in his young years and has spent some time in Germany. Of course, he will have to adapt to English football, but he has shown unbelievable consistency in his games, delivering goals and assists. He has an end product and is full of pace and bravery.
“We think he can offer something different for us, particularly in the one-on-one duels and in behind the defensive line.”
Placheta initially did OK as Norwich were promoted to the Premier League in 2021. However, his chances became limited under Dean Smith in the Premier League.