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Bednarek takes aim at Pole position

18 Apr 2018
Jan Bednarek, Southampton

After scoring on his debut, Southampton defender has a chance to make history for Poland against Leicester City on Thursday

Jan Bednarek has the chance to make a bit of Polish Premier League history when Southampton visit Leicester City on Thursday night.

When he found the net on his debut in the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, Bednarek became only the third player from Poland to score a goal in the competition. 

The only others to score are Robert Warzycha, for Everton, in 1992 and Marcin Wasilewski, for Leicester in 2015.

Both of those players only struck once and so one more would make Bednarek the country's outright top scorer.

The 22-year-old has some way to go before becoming the highest Polish appearance maker in the league, though. 

That feat belongs to Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski, one of four Poles who are all goalkeepers to play a century or more of matches. 

Poles to play in the PL
Player Clubs Appearances
Lukasz Fabianski ARS, SWA 176
Wojciech Szczesny ARS 132
Jerzy Dudek LIV 127
Artur Boruc SOU, BOU 116
Tomasz Kuszczak WBA, MUN 63
Dariusz Kubicki AVL, SUN 31
Marcin Wasilewski LEI 30
Robert Warzycha EVE 27
Grzegorz Krychowiak WBA 24
Kamil Grosicki HUL 15
Grzegorz Rasiak TOT, BOL 15
Ebi Smolarek BOL 12
Detsi Kruszynski COV 2
Emanuel Olisadebe POR 2
Jan Bednarek SOU 1
Jaroslaw Fojut BOL 1
Piotr Swierczewski BIR 1


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