Can Boston United’s on-loan Sunderland keeper Max Stryjek become the next Polish star in the Premier League?

Max Stryjek.
Max Stryjek.

Max Stryjek has plans to become the next big-name Polish goalkeeper in England.

The 18-year-old Boston United loanee says he wants to follow on in the footsteps of countrymen Jerzy Dudek, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski, Artur Boruc and Tomasz Kusszczak by playing in the Premier League.

But while the Sunderland youngster admits he looks to learn from all top stoppers, none of those Polish exports are among his heroes.

“I’m not really a big fan of anyone,” he told The Standard.

“I just watch all goalkeepers who are playing and take the good stuff from them.

“I concentrate on my own game.”

Stryjek made his debut againt Harrogate Town. Photo: David Dawson.

Stryjek made his debut againt Harrogate Town. Photo: David Dawson.

Stryjek’s loan spell with the Pilgrims is his first taste of senior football, and he is desperate to prove that his decision to leave his family and move to England as a 16-year-old was the correct one.

“I moved from home. I didn’t have friends here so it was difficult for me,” he said.

“I used to be alone but I’ve made some friends.

“The people around the club are always nice to me.”

Although it was a culture shock arriving in a new country and having to learn the language, Stryjek says goalkeeping remains very similar no matter which nation you are playing in.

He added: “It’s quite the same to be honest.

“It’s difficult as goalkeepers are different to other players.

“We have different things to do in training.

“In England you have to be physical and quick. Both school of goalkeepers are good.”