Being dubbed ‘the new Robert Lewandowski’ is not the sort of pressure any young player wants to have on their shoulders but it does not seem to bother Aleksander Buksa. The 18-year-old forward currently plays his club football for Wisła Kraków in his native Poland and is attracting attention of some major clubs in other European countries.
1. Aleksander Buksa in Poland
Having started as a youngster at Bronowianka Kraków, Buksa spent time playing for AP 21 Kraków between 2012 and 2014 before moving to the Wisła Kraków youth team in 2014. Buksa spent five years in the Wisła Kraków youth team, and having produced some magnificent performances, Buksa was promoted to the Wisła Kraków first team in 2019.
Buksa has played over 30 times for the club, with many of his appearances coming off the substitutes bench. First team game time has been limited for Buksa throughout the 2020/21 Polish Ekstraklasa and goals have been hard to come by as a result. At the time of writing, Buksa has 4 goals to his name for the Wisła Kraków senior team and continues to make progress at the youth levels of international football for his country.
2. Buksa and his international career
Buksa has long been a promising talent in Poland and this can be seen via his appearances for the Polish national team for several years. Buksa first representative his country at Under-15 level, before moving to the Under-16’s where he netted 4 goals in only 7 appearances. Having played for the Polish Under-17 team in 2019, Buksa is now representing Poland at Under-19 level. If he continues to develop as expected, it will not be long before Buksa earns a call-up to the full Polish international team.
At a height of 188cm, Buksa has an advantage over many players aerially and is a left-footed forward. Many experts compare the forward to Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski, with Buksa’s finishing and strength being the two abilities highlighted. Those who have had the privilege of watching Buksa closely believe he has what it takes to make it at the top of the game.
3. Aleksander Buksa - Future
Buksa has been linked with a move away from Wisła Kraków this summer and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been named on more than one occasion as a potential destination for the Pole. Rumours have been circulating that super-agents Jorge Mendes and Pini Zahavi have been working together to take Buksa to Molineux and showcase his talent in the English Premier League.
However, some of the giants of European football have also been linked with a move for Buksa, including the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. To be attracting such interest at a young age tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the forward. With Lewandowski now 32 years old, Poland cannot continue to rely on the striker for much longer and if the comparisons are to be believed, Buksa could be the man to step into Lewandowski’s boots.
The youngest goal scorer in the history of Wisła Kraków, Buksa has all the attributes to succeed at the highest level and his playing style has even been compared to that of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. Buksa has a bright future in football and it will be interesting to see where he is playing his football in the 2021/22 season and beyond.