Kamil Grosicki has had to finally admit defeat in his attempts to force a West Brom exit but he is now out of shape and should be fearing for his Euro 2020 spot.
That is according to former Poland striker and winner of the 1974 World Cup golden boot, Grzegorz Lato, who cannot believe the 32-year-old is sticking around at The Hawthorns.
Grosicki has been linked with a move away for the majority of the last month and seemed set for a transfer to Ekstraklasa table-toppers Legia Warsaw back in his homeland, but that deal fell through after a dispute over his current £40,000 per week wages.
Za mną jedna z najważniejszych decyzji w karierze. Zostaję w WBA i walczę o pierwszy skład oraz grę w Premier League i grę w Reprezentacji Polski .Sytuacja nie jest łatwa ,ale ja nigdy nie pękam i nigdy się nie poddaje . #nevergiveup
— Kamil Grosicki (@GrosickiKamil) February 25, 2021
The Polish transfer deadline has since passed and therefore any chance of Grosicki leaving West Brom before his contract runs out in June seems minimal, and he confirmed this on his personal Twitter account, saying: “I stay at WBA and fight for the first squad, play in the Premier League and play in the Polish National Team. The situation is not easy, but I never crack and never give up.”
Lato has now offered his take on the situation and believes the debacle is harming his international chances this summer.
He told Polish outlet Niezalezna: “In my day it would be unthinkable. For Kazimierz Gorski, Jacek Gmoch, or even Antoni Piechniczka [ex-Poland internationals] – if the footballer did not play regularly in the club, he had no chance to appear in the national team.
“Grosicki has a problem. There is no merit in football, you are either in shape or not. I feel sorry for him, because I know him a bit from his performances in Jagiellonia, but that’s life.”
Knuckle down and who knows…
It is hardly an ideal set of circumstances but at least all parties know where they stand now until the conclusion of his contract.
Grosicki can now focus on getting his head down and forcing his way back into the Albion first-team squad and pose Sam Allardyce another option.
While it won’t be easy he has shown he can do it before when he came in from the cold to play in the FA Cup defeat to Blackpool on January 9 before starting consecutive Premier League games v Wolves and West Ham.
He showed enough promise in those games to remind fans of his abilities and he could represent an interesting substitute late on in games when the match is stretched with his pace an asset on the counter-attack.
Enthusiasm is not something he should be lacking with his place at the European Championship under threat and that is all the motivation he needs to try and make a difference in West Brom’s slim survival bid.
We’re not ruling out a triumphant return to action.
In other West Brom news, reported Albion target signs new four-year deal.