The exodus from Konwiktorską continues this week, with Tomasz Brzyski following Marcin Baszczyński out of the door at Polonia Warszawa. With Łukasz Teodorczyk off at the end of the season, and talk of more players unhappy with the treatment of the club by the owner, fans of the Czarne Koszule must be wondering where it will all end.
But whilst Vladimir Dvalishvili and Edgar Çani could be heading abroad, and Baszczyński has made his way back to Chorzów – the club where he started his career, it is the transfer of wing-back Brzyski to cross-town rivals Legia which has annoyed the Polonia faithful the most.
It is understandable that Polonia fans are frustrated with Brzyski’s move. Losing a player of his quality is very disappointing, and moving just a short distance to your team’s biggest rivals will only serve to make things worse.
But Brzyski’s move across the capital is a good one, and for the player, the right one…
Leaving Polonia was important for Brzyski. With an employer failing to pay his wages, it is understandable that the 31 year-old wanted to move away from the club at the earliest opportunity. With promises already broken so early in Irenuesz Król’s ownership, you cannot blame him – or indeed any of the other players who haven’t been paid – for not wanting to stay. And with another club ready to sign him, Brzyski did the best thing for both himself and his family.
The fact that he chose a move to their most hated rivals should have no bearing on his thoughts of Polonia, which will have no doubt already taken a fall in recent months.
In fact, the move makes sense. Whilst the chance of winning the league title will surely have attracted Brzyski to move just a few kilometres south, much stronger competition could possibly make playing time more limited. But the main deciding factor for Tomek was likely that there wouldn’t be that much change at all…
Having already settled into life in Warsaw, Brzyski will be able to quickly adapt to life at his new club. Without having to find a new home, or move his family, there is one less thing to worry about. Choosing to stay in Warsaw only goes to show how much he has enjoyed his time in the city, and how welcome he and his family has been made to feel.
The fact is that, put in the same situation by our employers, most of us would do the same. Whether you work in a factory or a coffee shop, if your employer failed to pay your wages, you probably wouldn’t think twice about leaving. And if a convenient alternative was offered, you would be on your way at the first possible opportunity.
Whilst loyalty is something that us fans like to believe exists in modern football, it is not as strong as we hope. When tested and pushed to the limit, it is naïve to think that any small shred of loyalty that a player may have will not go out of the window.