Euro Crush: Ludovic Obraniak

All EURO 2012 we’re going to post players that we’ve fallen in love with and think could actually fit in with Fulham next season. Today’s installment is Poland’s Ludovic Obraniak

If we are to assume we’re losing Clint Dempsey, and maybe even Danny Murphy this summer, then Poland’s Ludovic Obraniak might just be the perfect replacement either if not both.

What’s been fascinating to watch with Obraniak is his ability to seamlessly transition from playing behind the forwards (against Greece), in the center (first half versus Russia), on the wing (second half versus Russia),  and anywhere else in between. Obrianiak simply wouldn’t miss a beat in Fulham’s fluid offense.

Although we’ll never forget that Polazo from Jakub Błaszczykowski on Tuesday, Bobby McMahon of Forbes said Obraniak should get a share of the plaudits:

The goal from Blaszczykowski will be remembered for a long long time but the pass from Obraniak was timed and weighted beautifully. There is no doubt either that Obraniak is priming the attacking pump for Poland – 5 chances created by him against Greece and another 8 against Russia.

Just look at the video below for proof of the great through ball (and note how the Russian announcer voice drops when the goal goes in).

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrhtjd_www-online-soccer-ru-russia-1-1-poland_sport?

Additionally, against Russia he completed 77%of his passes (37/48). Against, Greece, he was 80%, (32/40). Not amazing, but not too shabby.


Obraniak had an interesting season in 2011-12. Never quite finding a starting XI spot for defending champions Lille for the past two seasons, he moved to midtable Bordeuax in January. When he faced his former club just a month later, he scored two goals, including the winner in injury time. Bordeaux would win their final 6 games and lose only three times in the final 17 matches, with Ludovic rotating between LM, CM, RM, and FW.

Could a summer move be in the cards? Probably not. His club situation seems settled and he is 27.

But oh I sure hope so.


Tim Gelles is a writer for Craven Cottage Newsround. A Fulham fan since 2006 when he saw Fulham defeat an Iain Dowie led Charlton. He resides in Baltimore. E-mail him or follow him on twitter.

8 thoughts on “Euro Crush: Ludovic Obraniak

  1. He had an impressive game against Russia. That was my favorite game of the tournament so far. My vote for future Fulham star is Russia’s Dzagoev. Been very impressed by him and he’s only 21 (almost 22) and still playing in Russia so a move seems possible.

    1. Unfortunately a team like Madrid or Milan are going to spend ooodles of money on Dzagoev; though I’d love to see him too. Been more impressed with Kerzhakov to be honest; if only he could finish!

  2. Ooh, I like this idea Timmy. Might do one or two myself.

    In a similar role, I’ve enjoyed watching Pirlo deployed deeper for the Italians. Oozes class. He’s only two years younger than Danny though and I doubt he’d leave Italy now.

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