It has been spoken about a lot in the last month or so, but it has now been confirmed. New England Revolution forward Adam Buksa was attracting a lot of interest from Europe. The Polish international has played his final game for the Revolution with RC Lens swooping in. Here is a bit more regarding the deal that has taken Buksa from the States to France.
Adam Buksa has Sealed his move to France
How will Buksa’s time in New England be Remembered?
Adam Buksa first made the move to the U.S. at the end of 2019. He played for a number of teams in his home country of Poland before being snapped up by the Revolution. The striker is the second most expensive signing in the history of the club, Argentinian Gustavo Bou being the only name above him on that list.
At 25-years-old, Adam Buksa netted 29 times in 64 league appearances, plus eight assists. On top of his MLS form, he scored six more in the various cup competitions. Two of which were a brace against Pumas in CCL earlier this year.
🆕 #Transfer Adam Buksa wraca do Europy! @NERevolution ⏩ @RCLens pic.twitter.com/2DRlIqpw0a
— Łączy nas piłka (@LaczyNasPilka) June 7, 2022
Buksa started 2021 slowly, as the whole squad did in fairness. This didn’t last long though with an impressive scoring streak building up. He leaves the club still on a streak of seven games with a goal including in a brace in Atlanta and a cheeky flick versus FC Cincinnati. Bou has been injured for most of this season and so the form of Adam Buksa has been integral to New England keeping their heads above water during this tough patch. How will they cope in his absence?
Adam Buksa and Lens, is it a Good Fit?
From the Revolution point of view, the departure of Adam Buksa is obviously a blow. Lens will be wondering what type of player they’ve got on their hands and how quickly he can impact the Ligue 1 scene. They have previously flirted in between the top two leagues of French football, but had a particularly good season in 2021-22.
Against the odds, they only just missed out on a European spot. Lens finished seventh, ahead of the likes of Lyon and Lille which is quite the achievement. Seko Fofana and Jonathan Clauss were two key players for them last term, both making it into the team of the season for the whole division. Beyond that duo, Cheick Doucoure and Wesley Said have attracted interest from further afield.
A message from Adam Buksa ✍️ pic.twitter.com/XGchOaekQY
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) June 7, 2022
Adam Buksa will be seeing a familiar face in the form of fellow Polish international and former Chicago Fire man Przemysław Frankowski. The club were also linked with former Revolution man Tajon Buchanan and so Lens are clearly aware of the talent on show in Major League Soccer.
Where do the Revolution go from here?
Bou’s return to fitness has come in conjunction with the sale of Adam Buksa. Along with Jozy Altidore, he is the other senior forward at the disposal of Bruce Arena. The fee was originally said to be around $6.5 million but it could rise to the $10 million mark even. This money along with that fetched for Buchanan and Arsenal-bound Matt Turner, could be invested very well into this already promising squad.
Dylan Borrero was signed to potentially replace Buchanan and he has been spoken very highly of thus far. On top of that, youngsters Justin Rennicks and Damian Rivera (click here for an exclusive interview with Tico) have been fazed into the picture by Arena.
Adam Buksa was a prolific goal scorer and all-round great talent during his time with the Revolution. He has achieved his goal of securing a move to Europe via the US and will surely go from strength-to-strength with Lens.
The stakes cannot get any higher.
Win and you’re in.
Adam Buksa & his @LaczyNasPilka 🇵🇱 side faces Sweden 🇸🇪 tomorrow for a place at this year’s @FIFAWorldCup in Qatar 🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/ejwZIwOwmS
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) March 28, 2022