Date of Birth: 29.01.1993 (24 years old)
Position: Left Winger, Left Midfielder
Team: Gornik Zabrze
Value: 225.000 €
Contract Until: 30.6.2018
Height: 1.82 m
He started his career playing for young team, next to his hometown, in the border between Silesia region and Lodz. However with 16 years old, he moved to Gornik Zabrze academy, where he played at junior division till 2012/2013, when he was on loan to Energetyk Rybnik, another team from Silesia region, playing at II Polish league there he played 49 games and scored 4 goals. After this performance during his season on loan, he came back to Gornik. He is playing at miners’ team since season 2012/2013 till nowadays.
Kurwaza, is a quite versatile player during his career he has been played in all the position on the left side, as full back, midfielder and winger ; he has been played as a midfielder and winger on the right side , central midfielder and even as a striker few times during his career.
During last season at I Polish league, Kurzawa was playing mainly as left back. Nevertheless after his team got the promotion to Ekstraklasa, he has been playing as left winger/midfielder on 1/4/4/2 system that Gornik coach arranges every weekend. Kurzawa usually at the beginning of the games is located on left side, but during lot of time each game he is switching his position with another right winger/ midfielder, Kadzior. Both are changing constantly and moving from left to right side, either in attacking actions or defensive.
Rafa Kurzawa, has not been played for Polish national team. Last weeks he was one the guys which ring to be called for the national coach, but he did not receive the call from Poland for the moment.
Strengths (Set pieces, through passes, off the ball movements)
His main weapon is his shooting from corner or free kick; he is leading ekstraklasa assists ranking with 8, these assists were from corner kick or with a trough pass. He has 0.65 assists per game. Despite he is a player from left side of the pitch, his crossing accuracy is not so high with a 36.36%, due to his capacity of moving between left to right side, he takes central zone of the pitch during a lot of minutes. Connecting with his assist numbers, his trough pass is another of his virtue, like I said he is a player who starts from left side or right as winger or attacking midfielder, however you don’t have to expect from him capacity of getting bottom line, from the sides he has an excellent vision to find this trough passes looking for attacking players. He is leading Polish league trough passes with 20 in total and with an average of 1.63 per game. Kurzawa is giving the flanks to the full backs and he is coming to associate to the centre or give this through pass.
Without the ball the polish midfielder, has good actions. In Defence he has ability to come back to defence positions and help in these duties during the game, as well, in attack once Gornik, his team recover the ball, he moves looking for the empty space to receive the ball and associate with another player or launch a counter attack with this left food looking for the free space on the back of the opponent.
Weakness (Weak foot, Opening, 1vs1 defending)
He depends too much on his left foot, he has awesome kick with this one, however he doesn’t have capacity of using with a good level his right foot which can rest a bit off option for his team, when he has the chance to use this right foot in attacking or defence action.
As it was mentioned on his strengths, he is a player who starts from left side or right as winger or attacking midfielder, however you don’t have to expect from him capacity of getting bottom line. But he is not player who can find as a winger this open space behind defenders playing as a winger in case the game is tough and there are difficulties to find open spaces, he doesn’t have this capacity of playing close to the line looking for opening movement and try one versus one in order to get bottom line.
At the beginning of his career, Kurzawa played as left defender. However due to his condition in attacking actions with his through passing and vision, he became midfielder, one of the reason of this movement it was his defence duels acting as full back, he was more attacking that defender so he used to have problems to cover his back when he was to attack , he has just 56% of success in tackling actions and 54% on challenges won, so can make his team weak from left side if he will be covering this flank as defender.This season Koj is playing a left defender and covering kurzawa´s back . The midfielder is helping in defence actions but having Koj behind him makes his more comfortable doing these duties.
Similar players (Aleksandr Kolarov, Gheorghe Grozav, Naim Sliti )
His conditions and using of the left food, makes Kurzawa a player with similarities with Serbian Kolarov, this touch with left food and especially on free kicks and corner actions. Kolarov has more influence in the build-up os his team, but we cannot compare Serie A and Polish league regarding style. Kurzawa is more offensive player than Kolarov , however crossing and shooting have similar options during game and numbers.
Another player with similarities to Kurzawa, is the Romanian Grozav, currently playing in Turkish super league, Romanian is more offensive player with more capacity of dribbling in one to one actions, more goal option during game, but both of them are players who helps in defence actions with a good pressing and similar influence in build-up from left side of the pitch, his capacity of crossing and free kick shooting is another of his similarities.
The polish midfielder has similitudes with N.Sliti, the left midfielder from Dijon on loan from Lille, the Tunisian player has a good free kick shooting to goal and to cross looking for a team mate, as well, he has a good work-rate in defence helping his full back as Kurzawa does with Koj , another characteristic that both players share is the through pass and vision looking for attacking option,with a 1.46 per game , pretty close to Kurzawa with 1.65. Sliti is better in one to one attacking dribbling; he has more skills in these kind of actions
Suitable teams for playing in a Turkish premier division (Konyaspor, Trabzonspor)
Konyaspor, is playing a 1/4/2/3/1 style and last games, they were playing 1/4/4/2 this one suits much more to Kurzawa style. The beginning of super league is not good for the moment for Konyaspor. Kurzawa could be a good transfer due to his capacity of working in both side of the middle, left and right where Konyasport is having troubles to defence in these zones of the pitch. Currently Konyaspor is overturning his game on the right side with Sahiner, who has more capacity of working and has more characteristics similar to Kurzawa. The transfer of Kurzawa could give the team another resource to the left side, something different to Fofana, who is really skilful player but without this vision that Kurzawa has for the last pass.
Trabzonspor, is playing 1/4/2/3/1 something that Gornik style this season , playing 1/4/4/2 , but is a draw , which can suits for Kurzawa as well , playing for one the flank or even behind stiker. Kurzawa could contribute with his through passing, something that Trabzonspor is using this season, looking for the free space pass. Yilmaz is a classic striker with good definition in front of the goal, as Angulo striker from Gorniz who is taking advantage of Kurzawa assists. Kurzawa could be a good partner for Sahan football in the middle, both with a pretty capacity of association and vision. Kurzawa could be as well a weapon with a different abilities that Bongonda and Onur to play on the flanks, which are more wingers with dribbling and skills in one to one options.
For these two teams, Kurzawa could be a good option for a reasonable price and give to them more options to improve their games , with another resource on the middle , improving their quality on through passing and free kick situations in attacking actions.