Kamil Grosicki is unlikely to play again for West Brom after being frozen out by the club’s management, Tomasz Włodarczyk has told West Brom News.
In an exclusive interview with West Brom News editor Danny Wright, Meczyki journalist Włodarczyk revealed that there’s less than one per cent chance of the 32-year-old playing in the blue and white stripes again with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.
Polish clubs Legia Warsaw and Pogon Szczecin had tried to sign Grosicki but were priced out of a move due to the winger’s £40,000-a-week pay packet at The Hawthorns.
Włodarczyk has previously told West Brom News that Albion have wanted to move Grosicki on since the summer and the player has fielded offers from Nottingham Forest and Saudi Arabian outfit Damac FC this year. However, the Poland international rejected both clubs in favour of a return to his home country as he aims to make Paulo Sousa’s squad for the European Championships this summer
With it looking likely that Grosicki will have to see out his contract at The Hawthorns, it doesn’t mean that there’s any chance of him getting back into Sam Allardyce’s squad after a few appearances in January were simply to put him in the shop window.
“At the moment, there’s a big question mark,” Włodarczyk told West Brom News. “He doesn’t have a lot of chances to play [at West Brom] – I wouldn’t even say it’s a one per cent or two per cent chance.
“I don’t know why to be honest because West Brom are losing so many games and the players are not looking much better than Grosicki. I would try him at some point. He’s quick, he can provide assists, he’s a player who can surprise you on the pitch. Maybe he’s not 100 per cent a Premier League player but he’s got some qualities that could be used for 20 or 30 minutes during a game or he could easily start some games.
“But, I don’t think it’s an option and it’s not for sporting reasons. I think they just put a cross on his name and that’s it.”
West Brom have had to operate on a tight budget this season due to Guochuan Lai’s refusal, or inability, to invest any money in the club he owns.
It means that Grosicki’s situation at The Hawthorns is likely down to the Baggies trying to cut costs on players who are not key members of the first team.
Włodarczyk reports that ever since winning promotion, Grosicki has been someone Albion have tried to move on while Robert Snodrass’ arrival from West Ham in January further added to the list of reasons why he should be sold.
Włodarczyk added: “I think with Kamil it was just the option for one final push for promotion when West Brom were in the Championship and he was the perfect player to come in to win some games and get the final push to have a little bit more rotation. But, when West Brom got promoted, they wanted to get rid of him straight away. But it didn’t happen, his salary is quite high and they brought in new players last month like Snodgrass. It’s probably too much in the financial system at the club so they wanted to save some money on a player who doesn’t play a lot.
“At this point, anything in football can happen but he may stay, just to earn some decent money until the end of the season and look for something during the summer. He’ll have more time, he may look for some options quietly and slowly. He doesn’t have any options in any other countries at the moment.”
Grosicki did attract plenty of attention from other clubs.
As well as Legia and Pogon, Championship side Nottingham Forest returned to the table in at the end of the winter window after initially failed to sign Grosicki in October due to paperwork being submitted late.
According to Włodarczyk, the ex-Hull winger has also had Saudi Arabian outfit Damac FC interested in him, as well as three Turkish clubs which fielded enquiries.
“From what I know, it was the Polish clubs, the Saudi Arabia club, Forest and there were three Turkish clubs that were just asking,” Włodarczyk said. “It wasn’t anything official, they were just doing their research on how much and how long in terms of contract. But they didn’t make any proper offer for him.”
Grosicki now faces an anxious wait to find out whether another club will become interested in him.
Poland’s transfer window closes next Wednesday but if Ekstraklasa leaders Pogon and second-placed side Legia cannot afford him, it is hard to see how anyone else could.
Zbigniew Boniek, head of the Polish Football Association, has recently said that he’s saddened by Grosicki’s lack of game-time at West Brom and that players will only be picked for the Poland squad in the summer if they are playing regularly [Express & Star].
Unfortunately for Grosicki, it seems that won’t be happening between now and the end of the season in the Premier League.
In other West Brom news, Luke Dowling’s job at the Albion is unlikely to be under threat.