Polish legend tells Legia.Sport why Krystian Bielik’s transfer to Arsenal is strange

Grzegorz Mielcarski believes that Arsenal’s move to sign Krystian Bielik is strange.

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Legia Warsaw wonderkid Krystian Bielik according to Sky Sports, but Polish legend Grzegorz Mielcarski has told Legia.Sport that he is surprised by the Gunners interest.

The youngster is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with the North London club, having visited the Emirates over the Christmas period, and the Sky Sports report indicates that a deal could be agreed before Sunday’s game with Manchester City.

A highly rated Polish youth international, the 17-year-old has still only made six first-team appearances for Legia since joining from Lech Poznan in July 2014, and he is hardly the name that Arsenal fans want to fix their defensive midfield woes. Although he may have the potential to develop into a world class star in the future, the Gunners’ problems need an immediate fix, and Polish football legend Grzegorz Mielcarski believes that Bielik has yet to show the kind of talent that is deserving of a first-team role in a top class team such as Arsenal.

Mielcarski, who turned out for a number of teams in the Polish First Division, told Legia.Sport that Bielik’s impact upon games is minimal at the moment, although he is hoping that he develops into a good player.

He said: “It is difficult for him to go into the locker room as he is an anonymous presence, even with Legia. I do not recall his assists, goals or any amazing plays [by him]. I do not know what he can do. It's a strange story. I hope it turns out happy for Bielik.”

There have already been guarantees from Arsene Wenger than Bielik will be part of the first-team set-up in North London, but Mielcarski's words suggest that he is unsure that the youngster is ready for such a role, having made little impact whilst turning out for Legia.

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