Charlton have announced the season-long loan signing of Krystian Bielik from Arsenal.
The 20 year old has suffered a terrible time with injury over the last couple of seasons, and has never really pushed for a first team place despite high hopes when he signed from Legia Warsaw as a 16 year old.
He’s already played in the Polish top-flight at that point, and Arsene Wenger sounded confident that he’d challenge quickly at Arsenal, but that has not been the case.
The move to the League One side should hopefully allow him to get some regular football under his belt and hopefully get his career back on track because he is a talented player.
Speaking to the official Charlton website, Bielik said, “I want to show everyone that I can play football.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to play here because I know people are going to watch me and I’m under pressure. That’s what I like, I want to do my best.”
While Addicks boss Lee Bowyer sounded very happy with the capture of a player he appears to see as a midfielder despite the fact he was redeployed as a central defender with us.
“He is someone that can protect the back four,” said the former Leeds midfielder.
“He’s good on the ball, strong and he’s someone that can fill in at centre-half as well. He’s obviously good on the ball, you don’t play for Arsenal unless you can play, so I know he’s going to be another great addition to the squad.
“I couldn’t tell you how many phone calls [Head of Recruitment] Steve Gallen made to Arsenal to try and get this one over the line.
“It’s been going on for a while now, so we’re delighted to get him here.”
Best of luck to him, he deserves an injury free season at least, and if he gets that then we can better judge where he is as a player.
Bielik has a contract with Arsenal until 2020.