It has been confirmed that Krystian Bielik has left Arsenal for Derby County in a permanent deal that could earn us up to £10 million.
The Poland under-21 international played was a regular for the club’s under-23s during his three and a half years at the Emirates but only played 33 minutes for the first team.
Bielik was pitched as ‘one for the future’ when Arsene Wenger paid £2.5 million to recruit him from Legia Warsaw but a couple of ill-timed injuries stifled his progress in N5 and ruined a short spell at Walsall.
Birmingham City and Charlton both made good use of his versatility during loan spells in the Championship and League One respectively. His performances last season, both at centre-back and the base of a midfield diamond, helped the Addicks earn promotion.
He went on to impress at the Under-21 European Championships in Italy where he scored a couple of goals to turn the heads of a number of suitors.
Given he’s barely played for us, a £10 million fee (£500,000 of which will go to Legia) is a pretty decent price although some will always question why he wasn’t given a real shot by Unai Emery.
Good luck to Krystian at Derby, watching him under the tutelage of Philip Cocu will be intriguing.