Norwich City: Polish Euros ambition burns for Placheta
Przemyslaw Placheta has admitted fear for his place in the European Championship squad Poland after a lack of playing time while promoting Norwich City.
The 23-year-old is part of Paulo Sousa’s plans for the next tournament, which kicks off against Slovakia on June 14 before facing group favorites Spain and then Sweden.
Placheta didn’t make his international debut until November 2020, under former national boss Jerzy Brzeczek, but is ready to take his chance on the biggest stage of his career.
“Paulo Sousa is without a doubt a very experienced coach and has a plan for this national team,” said Placheta. “He called me and we mostly talked about his expectations of my game.
“He stressed that I had to fight for a place at Norwich, because I have a chance to be part of the national team, but I had to show my skills in matches.”
“It’s natural when you play less, think about the source of this situation and try to look for better solutions. One thing does not change, you have to work hard because when an opportunity presents itself, you have to take advantage of it.
“I was focusing on fighting for my place at the club. It meant extra training, because I didn’t want to let myself run out physically. It’s important to be ready when the coach expects it.”
Placheta’s international arc in a friendly 2-0 win over Ukraine ahead of Christmas highlighted his early eye-catching impact for the Canaries, following his summer transfer from Slask Wroclaw.
“I learned about it from the media. When I heard I have to admit it was a surprise to me, ”he said. “I want to thank the former coach for giving me the opportunity to make my debut. I think I used my luck somehow.
“Different decisions are made in football, but as a player you have to adapt. Whenever I get the chance I try to use it.
“I was proud to be called up for a training camp, but I realize that I am still young and I feel that I am constantly evolving and that I have entered the next stage of my career. I try to learn from the experience of every situation and every game. ”
Placheta made a remarkable competitive debut for Poland, alongside legendary Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, against Holland’s Tim Krul in a 2-1 home defeat in the Nations League.
But the city flyer was an unused Wembley replacement for the March World Cup qualifying loss to England, after a 30-minute appearance against Andorra days earlier.
This reflected his reduced involvement at club level in the latter part of the season, with Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia nailing those spots behind Teemu Pukki in the final third of the pitch.
Placheta had to settle for a series of cameos from the bench, but believes he is now a more rounded player for his debut season in England.
“I knew what I was signing up for, I realized that there would be a lot of competition in the team and that it wouldn’t be easy,” he said, addressing Polish sports newspaper, Przegląd Sportowy. “I decided accordingly, but I have to admit it was a big challenge for me.
“However, I decided to take this step because I can learn a lot and win a lot. I really have nothing to fear, quite the contrary. I approach it positively. As a team, we have achieved our goal and there is has a lot to do.
“It was definitely a turning point for me (in my career). First of all, this year allowed me to look at football from a different perspective. At Slask, we played mostly with a quick attack and a block. attack.
“I came to Norwich when we were dominating games and more in possession. I feel that I have developed myself in this regard.
“No need to hide, however, that in recent months I have learned a lot, not only in football, but especially mentally. I feel like I’m climbing, and for me this feeling of constant development is the most important.
“Without mistakes and failures in football a player would not improve, so I also enjoy the tough times.”