Placheta’s positive performance convinces Poland boss to keep him in the senior squad
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Norwich City winger Przemek Placheta will remain with the senior Poland squad after impressing during their friendly victory over Ukraine on Tuesday evening.
Placheta played 82 minutes and saw his cross turned in by Jacub Moder at the second attempt as Jerzy Brezecek’s side recorded a hard-fought 2-0 at the Silesian Stadium.
City’s winger picked up a deflected shot in the box before crossing for the young Brighton and Hove Albion striker, who hit the post with his first effort before tucking in the rebound.
The original plan was for City’s winger to link up with the U21 squad ahead of their final Uefa Euro U21 qualifier against Israel next week, with the young Poles still hoping to qualify for the competition by being one of the best-placed second ranked sides.
Placheta’s impressive display convinced Brzecek enough to retain him in the senior squad ahead of a Nations League double header against Italy and the Netherlands. The 22-year-old could now play an additional fixture than was proposed prior to him jetting off.
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“It was a good debut for him. He had an assist, showed some interesting plays. I consider his performance a plus,” Poland’s boss said about Placheta in his post-match press conference.
The Polish winger has struggled for consistency at Carrow Road to date as he continues to adapt after a move from Slask Wroclaw in the summer. Placheta’s only goal for the club arrived in a 2-2 draw with Preston North End in September.
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Placheta’s inclusion in the senior squad will see him face Italy on Sunday, November 15 (7.45pm kick-off) before a final game against Tim Krul’s Netherlands on Wednesday, November 18 (7.45pm kick-off).
Speaking last month about wanting to improve for the Canaries, Placheta said: “I demand a lot from myself, it is important in development. The Championship is also a league where expectations of players are growing.
“If you have an almost 100% chance to score a goal, you just have to take advantage of it,” City’s winger told Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy. “The rivalry (for places) is big, but I’m happy with it because I feel that I am growing, I am improving my skills. I learn something new every day.”