AGONA Profile: Karol Swiderski, the man charged with becoming new PAOK hitman
PAOK have wasted no time in finding a replacement for departed star Aleksandar Prijovic, with the club securing the services of Polish striker Karol Swiderski on a 3.5-year contract. AGONAsport analyses his career to date.
EARLY YEARS WITH LODZ
UKS SMS Łódź is a club that is well known in Poland for investing a lot of their resources into young talent. Karol Swiderski was a 13-year-old finding it difficult to adapt to a new footballing environment, and as he barely communicated with anyone in the organisation, he reportedly contemplated leaving the academy. However, he told himself to stick through the difficult times he was facing, something which ultimately helped him grow and survive in a football environment. He spent two years with UKS SMS Łódź from 2012 until 2014 ahead of his move to Jagiellonia Bialystok.
SENIOR START WITH JAGIELLONIA
In 2014, Swiderski signed for Polish top flight outfit Jagiellonia Białystok, initially playing for their reserve teams before he finally made the step up to the main side. Throughout his first season, he struggled to break into the first team, only managing to play in seven league matches while scoring the one goal.
The 2015/2016 season was his breakout year which saw him cement his place in the senior squad, Overall, he competed in a grand total of 36 games, including four in the UEFA Europa League. Two of his seven goals also arrived in European competition.
In the following season, he had an inconsistent year following his breakout campaign the season prior with the Polish striker only managing to score 3 goals from a total of 28 matches, however, Jagiellonia finished in second place of the Ekstraklasa league table. That was followed up with another season of mixed performances for Swiderski, with him scoring 5 league goals from 32 league appearances, as his team once again finished in second place in the top flight of Polish football.
So far, this has been the most successful campaign individually for Swiderski, scoring eight goals in 17 Ekstraklasa appearances.
HIGH HOPES AT PAOK
In Thessaloniki, PAOK will now be hoping that Swiderski can fill the gap which has been left by Aleksandar Prijovic, who won the Super League Golden Boot in the 2017/2018 campaign. Nevertheless, there will be a competition to see who leads the line for PAOK from now until the end of the season, with fellow strikers Nikos Karelis and Chuba Akpom also pushing for a starting position.