Juventus star Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed with Bartosz Bialkowski’s development, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
The Blues shot-stopper is currently on tour with the Poland squad after earning his first international call-up.
With the potential to make his international debut on Friday evening when Poland host Nigeria in a friendly, Bialkwoski now has a chance to make a claim to be in Adam Nawałka’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
After playing Nigeria on Friday, Poland will then play South Korea on Tuesday.
But Szczensny, who knows Bialkowski from when the pair travelled to the U20 World Cup in Canada a decade ago, has been pleasantly surprised by the Town shot-stopper’s development.
“It’s nice that we have a group of goalkeepers where we all understand each other well,” he said.
“He may play on the lower level in England, but he has done very well and deserves to be called [up]. His example shows that the doors are open to everyone.
“Ten years ago I met him and thought he could be the Poland goalie for years. He has changed – for the better.”
Other goalkeeping options in the Poland squad are Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski and Lukasz Skorupski of Italian side Roma.
While Szczesny and Fabianski are all-but guaranteed a spot in Nawałka’s World Cup squad, Skorupski’s lack of first-team football could provide Bialkowski the chance to travel to Russia with the national team.