When 6 feet 2 inches tall Krystian Bielik first arrived at Arsenal, he was highly-touted as a youngster who could break into the first team immediately. Life hasn’t panned out that well for the Polish player but luckily for him, he’s only 20 years of age. Krystian Bielik was signed by the Gunners from Legia Warsaw for £2.4million back in 2015.
Since then, he’s been shafted out on loan several times but this time he wasn’t able to get a team in the Championship. The Pole claims he had offers from Norwich and Nottingham Forest last summer, but a shoulder injury ruled him out of action until last December. He further claimed in an interview with Prezlgad Sportowy, that several Championship clubs were interested in him, but that injury meant they didn’t want to take a risk on his fitness.As a result, Krystian Bielik had to settle for a move to League One side, Walsall, in which he’s made only 2 appearances this season.
“I got to League One and I’m glad that we managed to find a club in the senior football program by the end of the season. People think what they want. This league is as hard as the Championship.”
Despite that compliment to the league, Bielik seemingly shot himself in the foot with his next remark.
“I want toplay in the Championship. I’d love to go back to Birmingham. I would feel best there. I would not need acclimatisation. I know the club, players, coaching staff.”
Perhaps the 20-year-old is hinting at a preferred move to Birmingham next season if he still cannot get into the Arsenal first team. Krystian Bielik’s contract at the Emirates expires in 2020, the club would have been hoping by then to have seen some noted improvement in his playing ability.
According to previous scout reports, Krystian Bielik is a tall, strong and composed figure on the ball. He’s also said to have a great pass selection with the ability to loft balls over the top for forwards making runs in behind.
Upon arriving in North London, Krystian Bielik was known to be a defensive midfielder, but Arsene Wenger has seemingly changed his position to that of centre-back. He arrived at a time where the Gunners were clearly in need of a DM and there were calls from the fans to place him in the starting XI. However, Wenger has only chosen to play him a few times in the Carabao Cup.
The Frenchman has a history of changing youngster’s playing positions, thus either halting their development or turning them into bonafide stars. It’s worked with the likes of Thierry Henry, Kolo Toure and Hector Bellerín, could Krystian Bielik be the next name on that list?