Italian media reports Celtic interest in Polish defender Pawel Dawidowicz

By Euan Davidson

February 12, 2021

Celtic are looking at Polish defender Pawel Dawidowicz, according to reports in Italy.

Tutto Hellas Verona have claimed that the Bhoys are after Dawidowicz, who is valued at a little over £2m by Transfermarkt.

The once-capped Polish defender currently plays in the Serie A with Verona. The side sit 9th in the Italian top-flight at the time of writing [Sky Sports]. Boasting a Goals Against ratio on par with league leaders AC Milan, theirs is a 20-21 season built on defensive solidity. Dawidowicz is a large part of that.

The Polish defender has enjoyed stints at Benfica and Bochum, signing for Verona in 2019 for just over £3m. With two goals in 68 appearances for the Serie A side, Dawidowicz is two-footed and can also play in defensive midfield.

It’s clear Celtic are looking for options at centre-back. A deal for Preston’s Ben Davies was scuppered at the last minute by Liverpool. Other targets, such as Bosnian defender Sinisa Sanicanin, have made the gossip columns across Europe in recent days.

Good touch for a big man: Pawel Dawidowicz / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic need defensive reinforcements; enter Pawel Dawidowicz

With his contract running out in 2022, Pawel Dawidowicz is a decent option for the Bhoys. Given that he’s an international playing in a top-5 league, a work permit can be reasonably expected.

Equally, at 6’2″, Dawidowicz can help to address Celtic’s need for aerially competent centre-backs. So far, Shane Duffy hasn’t been able to sort the Bhoys’ woes at set-pieces. That’s despite being selected as one of last month’s best defenders in the Scottish Premiership.

So far in Serie A this season, Dawidowicz has impressed. He averages 1.4 tackles per 90, as well as 1 interception and 2.8 clearances per game [WhoScored?]. In a less rough-and-tumble league, those are good numbers.

His range of passing is also decent. Generally, the Pole keeps it short, succeeding on 82% of his distributions.

While we’re unsure whether we’d describe as a ball-playing centre-back, he certainly has attributes which would immediately improve the Celtic defence.

With a massive overhaul needed, especially at the back, Pawel Davidowicz could be a decent option. Inexpensive, and with a burgeoning international career, he could boost Celtic’s Polish lineage, following the likes of Artur Boruc, Dariusz Dziekanowski and Maciej Zurawski.

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