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Kamil Jozwiak - mid term assessment


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Just now, Carnero said:

Looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future on an immaculate Pride Park surface, he's had a pretty hard time of it this season coming to a new country during covid times, into a losing team, a subsequent change of manager and playing on crap pitches with no crowds.

Love his energy. He shone under Cocu when many of his team mates were sleepy. He doesn’t shine any more, and he often puts an end to promising moves. When he receives the ball he seems usually to have little idea what he will do with it nor what he should do with it. So he puts his head down and dribbles (skilfully but often pointlessly and often slowing forward play). He’s had several goal scoring opportunities which have been badly fluffed and he can’t head for toffee. He’s not improving and I’d be surprised if he’s a starter by the end of the season. Much tho it pains me to say

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He actually looked a proper player when he started and really looked like a winger with the beating of most full backs in this league. He's regressed and seems have dropped into mid table championship player zone.  He's not the worst player we have by a stretch, but has  developed the same annoying habits of drifting inside and getting too caught up in battles with the opposition like every wide player we bring in. You need those attributes in this league but not at the detriment of the role you fill. Must be something in the water.  

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I think he is a bright spark , the end product will come. What i like most about him is his never say die attitude. Also he is a constant pain in the other teams backside , they are constantly double marking him or fouling him. Both of which either get other players more space or win us freekicks.

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To me he's a large part of the reason that our defence has been so good, but our attack has been so poor.

His work rate is superb - that alone occupies opposition players. His tracking back is excellent - he directly adds to the defensive effort. He generally moves the ball towards the opposition goal - which is a huge help defensively as it gives us a few seconds to get organised at the back. 

The problem is that his shooting is terrible and his crossing is only average. In a side so short of attacking quality, his lack of threat is not ideal. I'd still play him every time above Lawrence though. 

My view is that he's an asset whilst we're in a relegation dog-fight, but on current showing, we're unlikely to get promoted with him as a regular starter. Too early to give up on him though. It's possible that he'll improve - indeed he might even be tailoring his game to our situation. Maybe, in a more footballing team, he'd run around less and have more energy and 'head space' to be properly creative.

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18 minutes ago, Carnero said:

Looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future on an immaculate Pride Park surface, he's had a pretty hard time of it this season coming to a new country during covid times, into a losing team, a subsequent change of manager and playing on crap pitches with no crowds.

This summarises it very well for me. I think the style of play is hindering him currently (although its what we need as a team and is working) and the fact that none of the players are on his wavelength/ the players that Rooney has opted for to drag us up the table are quite limited technically.

He quite often picks up excellent little pockets of space and gets overlooked and looks very frustrated. As much as I like Shinnie and Knight, they are both limited technically and struggle to pick the pass into him and although CKR's hold up play is very good, it is different to a Martin for example, who popped it off first time and linked with team mates - CKR tends to look after the ball and hang onto it for longer and sometimes that means for chance for dynamic link up play has gone.

I also think the loss of Bielik has effected him, both mentally as a friend, and for his chemistry on the pitch.

I am confident he will improve and there is a top player in there - a culmination of things will see that - better pitches, more confidence, when the team settles down into a more expansive style of play (I believe Rooney will adapt this when he feels that we are safer and looking upwards) etc. I think he would link up better with Roberts and Sibley/Bird playing in the 10, with CKR as the main striker.

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Has a bit of Jack Marriott syndrome about him. You look at him and think there’s a real good player in there however he never really shows it. 
  
Unlike Marriott he doesn’t seem to be a crock and if you give him the benefit of the doubt over new country etc. Then we might see the best of him next season. 
  
Is he playing at a standard that a £4m player should play at? No. But had he got the potential to come good and increase his value to £8m+? Definitely.

The jury’s still out for now, but whilst we’re winning matches I’m not too fussed.

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The next Johnny Russell, and I mean that as a compliment.

At this level, with less media coverage, everyone scouts by Wikipedia. The amount of goals scored and assists made are the only barometer anyone seems to use, and I think Jozwiak's too wasteful to ever trouble those columns in the way a lot of fans expect in order to rate an attacking player. 

We really missed Russell when we let him go - his pace, his passing, his excellent defensive work. Would rather have him in the team not scoring than other wingers we have, including one player who only wants to shoot on site or run into a defender.

If you took Jozwiak out of the starting line up, you'd notice a huge difference. We wouldn't have an outlet when under the cosh, we wouldn't have anything like the same protection for the full back on that wing, and we wouldn't draw so many fouls in the other half. He does all of that when he's playing badly. 

More technically gifted than Russell though. I bet Mac would have him as the first name on the team sheet if we had him in 13/14.

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1 hour ago, SamUltraRam said:

I like him a lot, it can't have been easy for him adapting to the physical demands of the Championship

His workrate & trickery have been excellent but just wish he could combine that with the shooting ability of someone like Tom Lawrence

I like him and think/hope he will come good but he’s not at the moment. I’m also not sure it’s the physical demands that is the problem, as you say, his work rate has been excellent. It’s quality of the final ball and decision making where the problems seem to lie.

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1 hour ago, Rammy03 said:

I believe it's a good investment, there's a serious player in there. He's not the finished article, still young and will get better. Give him time.

Sit him down. Show him how he keeps losing the ball, tell him when to pass. If he takes no notice then drop him. We have Roberts now. He is competing against Waggy and Roberts then Lawrence in future. He has to improve to be a regular imo.

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