You know that smile that comes to your face when you check the Arsenal official website and you see a new face posing with the club jersey. Today, that person is the youngster, Krystian Bielik.
The 17-year old has now officially put pen to paper on a long term deal at the Emirates after Arsenal agreed a fee believed to be around £2 million with Legia Warsaw.
With the medical done as long ago as Friday, few had began to suspect a sensational change of mind on the side of either party following the delay in announcing the deal but perhaps it should be expected with a 17-year old involved, having to move from his home country to entirely new environments.
The magnitude of Bielik’s move is such that he goes straight into the first team despite his age and relative inexperience at the top level and so it had to go through all the processes that any other blockbuster signing would have required. And on the basis of his talents, it seems Arsene Wenger has infact made another shrewd blockbuster acquisition.
He’s barely moved from Lech Poznan to Warsaw in the summer of 2014 but young Bielik was already so highly rated in his native Poland that one of the leading figures there had blasted Legia for wanting to let him go for £2 million now when they could get as much as £10 million for him in only a few years. Such is the immensity of talent the youngster possesses and if the Gooners had assumed satisfaction at the monumental improvements shown by Francis Coquelin, a sneak peek on Bielik’s impressions with both the Polish Youth Team and his few League games at Legia would lift expectations.
Bielik did say that Wenger was interested in signing him and it has now been confirmed and it would be interesting to see how the manager actually integrates him into the first team proper.
“[Arsene] Wenger said what he sees in me, then asked me about my strengths. It turns out that we had a similar opinion.” the youngster said.
“He [Wenger] said I would start the training with the first-team, under his guidance, and then it all depends on me. He knows that I have the skills, am determined to win and he wants to sign me as soon as possible to start working with me.”
“I would train with the first-team and play in the junior teams- U18, U19 or U21- and Wenger says that if I am good enough to stay in the first-team, I will remain in it.”
Bielik certainly has the frame of the modern day defensive midfielder and the fact he can be handy at central defence is also a plus although it will be doubtful to expect Wenger to use him there just yet as an older Calum Chambers has not even been deemed ‘man enough’ to play there regularly.
If he does well, we could have our first choice defensive midfielder for a long long time. #WelcomeKrystian
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