At just 8 years of age he joined Lech Poznań, the club he still belongs to. In the Poznań team’s youth sector, Dawid demonstrated exceptionally consistent scoring. From the Under 15 to the Under 19, (with 5 goals in three games in Under 18), he quickly became an irreplaceable pivot point for all of the Polish youth selections. From the 2012-13 season he joined the Lech Poznan first team and on 6 December 2013, at just 16 years of age, his dream came true when he made his début in Ekstraklasa. At the end of last season, Dawid had played in 13 matches and scored two goals. This season he has played in 18 matches and scored no less than 6 goals.
The astonishing thing about Dawid Kownacki is what an all-around player he is in technical terms for a forward.
He scores with acrobatic headers in the penalty area like an old-school centre forward, whereas his movements, dibbling assists and the way he covers such a wide radius is more reminiscent of a second striker or, in any case, a moving forward.
Also able to withstand clashes with significantly large opponents, he completes the package with a good head for taking decisions, never brash, always rational and suitable for the context, but creative and with excellent technique. This means that tactically he can be used as the centre point in a trident, as has often been the case with the Polish youth national teams, but also as the second striker in a 4-4-2 formation, given his significant aerobic qualities.
Dawid Kownacki‘s skills have obviously not eluded the eyes of many top European teams: Borussia Dortmund, Roma and especially Red Bull Salzburg are trying to acquire this young Polish prospect. In closing, Adam Nawałka, the current manager of the Polish national team, had this to say about him:
“This is one of those talents that are born once in a decade.”