Date of birth: 15/03/2006 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Leszno (Poland)
Youth career: Lech Poznań
Current club: Lech Poznań
Squad number: 53
Current national team: Poland U-17
Position: central defender, defensive midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: Syrenka Cup 2022 (3/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2024
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Milan Škriniar
– football IQ
– pace and coordination/may struggle a lot in front of skillful players with fast direction shifts/great acceleration skills at short distances
– defending in wide areas
– quite good in the air but I still see a big margin to improve this aspect of his game
– gets booked too often
Style of play:
– complete, elegant, and dominant central defender
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– can also play as a holding midfielder thanks to his ability to read the game and general ball skills
– able to play as a RCB in a three-man line or even as a right-back if needed
– modern defender, who combines strength with good technique and passing
– prefers an active style of defending by getting into challenges, pressing opponents, and anticipating their moves
– does not dive into tackles
– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals
– concentrated player with very good reading of the game and anticipation
– known for his composure, positional sense, and confidence in possession
– good retention skills under pressure
– good at finding passes through both the first and second line of pressing from the opposition
– likes to maraud forward and assess passing options on the move
– consistent, aggressive, and hard-tackling player
– knows how to use his upper-body strength to gain advantage in challenges/wins most of the physical duels
– mature for his age with good leadership skills
Olejnik reads and anticipates the game very well and makes a superb interception.
Olejnik stays calm under pressure, gets past the first line of pressing with ease, and plays a good ball to his teammate.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
Polish U-15 Championship 2020/2021 runner-up with Lech.
League summary (as for 15 December 2022):
2. Liga 2022/2023 (ongoing): 8 games/1 goal (Lech II)
Patryk Olejnik is a product of Lech Poznań academy – one of the best youth systems in Poland which produced many interesting players in recent years such as Karol Linetty, Jan Bednarek, Dawid Kownacki, Robert Gumny, Jakub Kamiński, Kamil Józwiak, Michał Skóraś, Jakub Moder, Filip Marchwiński, and Tymoteusz Puchacz. Patryk is one of the leaders of an interesting generation of Polish players born in 2006 which includes, among others Karol Borys, Jan Faberski, Krzysztof Kolanko, Mikołaj Tudruj, Filip Wolski, Daniel Mikołajewski, Jakub Krzyżanowski, Filip Rejczyk, Oskar Tomczyk, Adam Pieniądz, and Mateusz Skoczylas. Olejnik made his debut for Lech reserves on 16 July 2022 in the Polish third-tier game against Hutnik Kraków.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European league ambition.