Promising Poland striker Dawid Jańczyk is looking forward to gaining regular football after being loaned from PFC CSKA Mosvka to Belgium's KSC Lokeren OV for six months and is relishing the prospect of learning under the club's assistant coach Włodzimierz Lubański.
Time to move
Jańczyk came to prominence with his goalscoring exploits at the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and after the global competition in Canada, he joined CSKA from Legia Warszawa for one of the biggest fees ever paid to a Polish club. However, since then he has only made two league starts and a handful of substitute appearances, and the 21-year-old once dubbed the 'Polish Wayne Rooney' conceded he needed a change. "It was high time to start playing first-team football," Jańczyk told uefa.com. "Although I learnt a lot at CSKA, I needed to play more. In Lokeren I will have this opportunity and it makes me really happy."
Capped at senior level for the first time last month, Jańczyk said he found making a CSKA breakthrough more difficult than he expected. "At the beginning I thought it would be just a matter of time before I was playing in the Russian league every week," he added, "but soon I realised I would not be able to win the competition with Vágner Love, a fantastic Brazilian who is number one at CSKA. I am simply not good enough yet to challenge him."
Having received offers from other clubs in Russia, France and Poland, CSKA wanted Jańczyk to go to Belgium and Lokeren beat RSC Anderlecht to a deal. "I don't regret it," he said. "When I came here they treated me like a star and I liked it. The Lokeren coach told me I would play regularly and this is very important for me at the moment. What is more, at Lokeren I have met a Polish legend, Mr Włodzimierz Lubański. It would be great to follow his example at this club."
Lubański, scorer of a record 48 goals for Poland, played for Lokeren between 1975 and 1982, racking up nearly 200 appearances and striking 82 times, accompanied in his final two years by equally exulted compatriot Grzegorz Lato. He now works alongside Lokeren coach Georges Leekens, and Jańczyk said: "Mr Lubański has helped me a lot. Thanks to him I did not need much time to adapt myself to Belgium. Now I even have individual practices with him.
What I really like is I know I am working with a legend."
Though far from finished at CSKA – Jańczyk extended his contract by a year until 2013 when agreeing the loan to Lokeren – the striker believes his move to Belgium will also help him cement his place in the senior set-up. "It is also important for me to play every week because of the national team," Jańczyk said. "I even asked our coach Leo Beenhakker whether it was a good idea to go to Belgium. He supported my decision. It gives me hope that he will not forget about me if I play and score goals here."
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