Krystian Bielik could be on his way back to his former club, Legia Warsaw, on loan as the Polish defender slips further down the pecking order and further away from a first team chance at Arsenal.
Then then 17 year old joined the Gunners for a fee of £2m from the Polish side in January 2015, with Arsene Wenger so impressed with his potential that he said he’d go straight into the first team squad.
“Yes, he will go into the first-team squad,” he said. “He’s a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2in , he has a good energy level and technical level.
“It’s a gamble but, on what we saw, it’s worth to take the gamble. It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed, then it’s cheap.”
Krystian Bielik is wanted on loan by his old club Legia Warsaw. Talks on-going #afc
— David Hytner (@DaveHytner) January 17, 2018
However, three years down the line he has made just two first team appearances, both of them as a substitute in the League Cup, and despite arriving as a midfielder, has been re-purposed as a centre-half. He has also endured significant absences through injury which have hampered his development.
The arrival this month of 20 year old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos appears to have made Bielik’s chances of a first team breakthrough even more unlikely, and loan move makes sense at this stage of his career.
However, the situation could be complicated by a recent hamstring injury which could reportedly see him sidelined for up to five weeks.