Just when you think the New England Revolution are done making big moves, the club surprises you ... again. The Revs have signed Polish striker Adam Buksa to a designated player contract.
The 23-year-old comes to New England on a transfer fee that's reportedly the second-largest amount in club history ($4 million according to the Boston Globe). With Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou, whose transfer fee reportedly was $7 million, on the roster, the addition of Buksa marks the first time in team history they've occupied all three designated player slots at the same time.
The Revs' newest DP is on the cusp of breaking into Poland's men's national team after getting called up to the senior team in November 2018 for a friendly against the Czech Republic and a UEFA Nations League match against Portugal.
Buksa, who was linked to clubs in England and Scotland, cites Bruce Arena and the Revs' future as critical factors in his decision to join the team. In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, he said, "I spoke with the coaches of the New England Revolution and it was the most important part for me to choose the New England Revolution because I know the role that I have to play on the team. I know that I will be an important player. I know the ambition of the club."
The Krakow native played in Italy for Novara's junior team when he was 16 before returning to Poland, where he played for Lechia Gdansk, Zaglebie Lubin, and Pogon. For a player who was targeted by multiple leagues in different countries, Buksa said he had been paying attention to MLS.
"In Poland, the TV shows two games every weekend. I watch some games," Buksa said. "When I got interest from the Revolution, I watched many games of the Revolution and I have to say I really liked the style of the team. I liked the way they played. They have really good technical players like Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou. I am sure we can create many chances and score many goals together and win many games."
At 6-foot-3, Buska will bring a different dimension to the Revs' attack. With a dangerous left foot and a tall frame, he can score goals in a variety of ways from different areas. His skill set and strengths should mix well with Gil and Bou. "I'm a target man. I like scoring goals with a header. I like scoring from outside the box, in the box. I feel good in a 1-2 game. So, I am happy to have Carles Gil next to me as well as Gustavo Bou, who are really good players," Buska said of his fellow Designated Players.
While some fans may not be familiar with Buksa as a player or the Polish top-flight league, the Ekstraklasa, they will know what player he models his game after. That's Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. Buksa says, "The best player for me to follow is Robert Lewandowski. In my opinion, he is the best striker in the world. He scores unbelievable goals. This is the one player I really like to follow. I had a chance to train with him during the national team camp before the game against Portugal. He made a huge impression on me."
Revs fans can only hope that some of Lewandowski's world-class game can rub off on Buksa. At the very least, they can feel good about what Poland has recently produced for strikers. They boast one of the most lethal strike forces in the word with Lewandowski, as well as Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli and AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek. Could Buksa be the next? Find out starting Feb. 29 when the Revs open the season against the Montreal Impact.