The Polish squad will only go as far as Robert Lewandowski can take them. As No. 9s go, Lewandowski is as good as it gets.
He’s a powerhouse striker who can play with his back to goal, link well with others and find the net in a variety of ways. If he’s kept supplied with chances, the 29-year-old will be among the top scorers at this World Cup.
Supply may be an issue, though, despite there being plenty of pace and trickery in wide areas. Both Kamil Grosicki and Piotr Zielinski are natural wingers who can tie defenders in knots and produce the crosses Lewandowski needs to thrive.
Meanwhile, neither Lukasz Piszczek nor Jakub Blaszczykowski are ever shy about raiding forward from deep. What this squad lacks is sufficient craft from central areas.
A bigger problem for coach Adam Nawalka might be finding the right strike partner for Lewandowski. He can choose from gifted Anderlecht ace Lukasz Teodorczyk or Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik.
Goals shouldn’t be in short supply, but the Poles don’t have the defensive resources to keep Japan, Colombia and Senegal at bay in Group H.