Alan Smith warns Arsenal fans not to expect much of Krystian Bielik early on

The Sky Sports pundit has warned that Bielik is a signing for the future, not the present.

Arsenal legend Alan Smith is warning fans of the club not to expect much of reportedly imminent new signing Krystian Bielik. Smith was on the Morning View on Sky Sports News HQ this Thursday the 15th January, as reports gained momentum that a deal to sign the player was nearing completion.

But Smith said the deal was a 'classic' Wenger signing and for Arsenal fans not to expect to see much from the player, who only recently turned 17, for a little while yet:

"It's a classic Arsene Wenger signing, he’s one for the future. He’s a big lad, over six foot tall and a defensive midfielder, the kind the team needs, but he is 17 years of age. He is not going to slot into a Premier League team straight away. So again you are looking at a year or two ahead when he could possibly have an impact, so probably not going to have much of an impact not this campaign."

The 17-year-old talent has already been the subject of two unsuccessful bids from Arsenal, according to The Telegraph, with the latest bid said to be in the region of £2.4 million.

The holding midfielder, who can also play at centre-half, has already told the Polish press, as reported by The Guardian earlier this week, that he had 'made a decision' on joining Arsenal after a tour of the facilities at London Colney.

Arsenal are in need of both cover in the holding midfield role and at the heart of defence so the talented Pole would be an excellent addition to the team.

Earlier today Sky Sports reported that a deal to sign Bielik was as good as done, with their figure quoted at 'in the region of £2 million.'

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