5 things to know about Adam Buksa, the new RC Lens striker

One of the best forwards in MLS

Trained in his hometown of Krakow in Poland, Adam Buksa exploded in 2018 at Pogon Szczecin, in the local first division championship (11 goals in 2018-2019).

In December 2019, he became the second most expensive player in the history of the New England Revolution, the MLS franchise that recruited him for more than 4 million euros, offering him one of the best salaries in the club. . In three years in the United States, the Polish striker has risen to become one of the best strikers in the league, scoring 35 goals in 73 appearances. He remained this season on an impressive series of 7 goals in 9 starts before signing for RC Lens.

Both physical and technical profile

A physical monster of 1.91 m for 80 kg, Buksa is an excellent head player, skilful in the discounts and the conservation of the ball in front of the goal. But the southpaw is also skilled with both feet and knows how to take depth, like dribbling his opponent in one on one near the goal.

His statistics in the United States speak for him since he scored 15 goals with the left foot, 7 with the right, and 13 with the head. “Beyond his heading game, he is a player who has a lot of character, who fights on all the balls”comments Maxime Chanot, the Luxembourg defender of New York City FC, who has faced him on several occasions.

A start of international experience

Passed through all categories of young people with Poland, Buksa had his first selection with the A team in September 2021 and punctuated it with a goal, in a 4-1 victory against Albania in qualifying. for the World Cup in Qatar. He has five goals in nine caps, and started alongside Robert Lewandowski in Poland’s Nations League match against Wales on June 1 (2-1 victory), before coming off the bench for 21 minutes in of the rout in Belgium on Wednesday (1-6).

Adam Buksa, with Poland against Wales, June 1.  (T. Jastrzebowski/Sports Press)

Adam Buksa, with Poland against Wales, June 1. (T. Jastrzebowski/Sports Press)

The best regular season in MLS history

Performing in MLS, Buksa also experienced collective victory. His New England side, coached by local legend Bruce Arena (former United States manager), had the best season in league history last year, with 22 wins in 34 games and 73 points on the clock . The Revs won the regular season trophy (Supporters’ Shield), before losing in the playoff conference semi-finals to New York City FC of Maxime Chanot, the future champion (2-2, 3-5 to tabs).

He finds Frankowski in MLS

RC Lens definitely loves MLS, since Adam Buksa is the second player recruited in the American league after another Pole, Przemysaw Frankowski. The midfielder played at the Chicago Fire before joining the north of France in August 2021.

Przemysaw Frankowski is coming off a great first season with Lens (37 Ligue 1 matches, 6 goals) (P. Lahalle / L'Équipe)

Przemysaw Frankowski is coming off a great first season with Lens (37 Ligue 1 matches, 6 goals) (P. Lahalle / L’Équipe)

The two men know each other and have developed some automatisms after playing together in selection. Frankowski had even served Buksa for the first goal of the neo-Lensois in selection. “It can make a good duo. Afterwards, Buksa will have to gain speed and speed of execution to win in Ligue 1”warns Maxime Chanot.

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