Arsenal’s Krystian Bielik outlines development plan


Krystian Bielik has not been given a date for his potential Arsenal debut.

The £2.5 million signing from Legia Warsaw, as per the Independent, has been with the Gunners for two weeks, and he has told Przeglad Sportowy that his debut will only occur when he has performed well in training.

Although earmarked as a first-team player by head coach Arsene Wenger prior to his arrival, the 17-year-old was on a winter break with Legia before signing for the Gunners, and it will undoubtedly be a number of weeks until he is at a level of fitness required to turn out in the Premier League.

Although his defensive midfield position fills a void that exists in the first-team - with Francis Coquelin the only real defensive midfielder in the squad - Wenger would be unwise to throw the youngster into the starting XI before Bielik himself has worked with his teammates for a number of weeks.

And considering the hype surrounding Bielik’s transfer, it would come as no surprise to see the Gunners fans wanting to see their new talent in action at the earliest opportunity, but Bielik has admitted that his debut will only happen when he has bulked up and performed well in training.

Asked by Przeglad Sportowy if he had been given a specific date for his debut, Bielik responded: “No, nothing like that. It was the same with Legia. I was told to bulk up, and that I would play in the spring, which was the view of [head coach] Henning Berg. I made my debut with the Legion after a month of hard work.

“The Arsenal have the same approach. Do not set up the first game I’ll have to play in a month, I think even a year. The most important thing is to be patient and wait for your turn. I came here to fight and fulfil my dreams.”

With a number of weeks of training ahead of Bielik before he makes his long awaited debut for the Gunners, the youngster revealed that Wenger has let him work on his development path, as the French coach has a strong belief that his new signing is a great talent.

He added: “A detailed development path was not shown to me. We talked and I heard that just about everything is up to me. Coach Wenger sees great potential in me. After viewing my workouts, he told me that he hopes to see me join the rest of the team soon.”

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