Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against QPR that he doesn’t expect Krystian Bielik to play for the first team this season.
The 17-year-old Polish midfielder moved to the club in a £2.7 million deal, but has been confined to the youth team ranks since he arrived at the club.
Wenger could have taken a gamble and thrown him into the first team squad, but he’s taking a more relaxed approach to the player’s development.
“He'll play for the under-18s tomorrow. I don't think he will make his first-team debut this season,” said the boss.
Wenger has a good track record of using very young players in the Arsenal first team but he appears to be cautious with regards to Bielik.
There’s no harm in that because Arsenal are not short in terms of their midfield options.
They have all bases covered across the middle of their team, which protects Bielik from the pressure and exposure of the first team.
He can develop nicely in the youth ranks and gain some confidence, developing various aspects of his game before pushing hard for a more senior position looking ahead to next season.
He’s only just joined the club and Wenger will still be learning about him, with no need to make the major decision over throwing him into the first team before he’s ready for that responsibility.