Some players signed from overseas just don’t get it. Others get it but aren’t quite tailor-made for the English game. Then there are those who come over to England and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up – ones like Radoslaw Majewski.
In January 2010 there might have been snow on the ground but ‘Raddy’ had ice in his veins as the Reds travelled to The Hawthorns for a top of the table Championship clash.
The game was in doubt at one point. I remember going to Slovenia that week for a wedding and the snow in Ljubljana was nothing in comparison to the Siberia-like conditions of the Midlands.
To this day when the words ‘West Brom’ are mentioned, I still get goosebumps at the thought of Majewski wheeling away, arm aloft, look on his face like a child on Christmas morning unwrapping a gift he has waited an eternity for.
That night back in 2010 was one that epitomised the ability of the man.
A scorer of great goals, rather than a great goalscorer, Majewski became something of a cult hero on the banks of the River Trent following his £1.3 million move from Polonia Warsaw.
His energetic, occasionally mesmerising style of play saw him quickly adhered to the City Ground faithful and he just understood the football club and the fans.
Majewski’s crushing volley high into Scott Carson’s goal is one of, if not the most unforgettable goal in my 33 years as a Nottingham Forest supporter.
Chris Gunter’s accurate cross was phenomenal. Majewski just held his run slightly and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed rocket off the underside of the bar and into the net.
That game – and that goal – lives long in the memory of supporters, as does Majewski.
From the moment he announced his arrival in English football with a long-range effort against Derby County, we just knew what we’d get from the Polish performer.
It proved quite astonishing that the man with nine caps for his country only scored 13 goals for Forest, with six of those coming in the form of hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town.
Under former boss Billy Davies he really was a player that boasted game changing ability at Championship level.
When supporters were picking their ‘Best XI of the 2010’s’ during lockdown, Majewski’s name was prominent in a lot of them.
Of course, the disappointment came when Forest didn’t deliver on their showing in that game and ultimately wasted their shot at promotion.
The Reds were forced to settle for the play-offs during 2009/10, ultimately losing out to Blackpool. West Brom earned automatic promotion alongside Newcastle United.
Majewski always had a smile on his face that simply suggested that he loved playing football. The fact that he is now still playing in the sixth tier of the Polish game perhaps backs that sentiment up.
Forest have struggled to find a way to goal so far this season and perhaps a few more moments of magic – akin to those Majewski grew accustomed to – would give the Reds a much-needed lift amid a busy run of games.