Imminent signing Krystian Bielik claims he is not ready for first team football at Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger seems to be of a different mind, according to the Guardian.
The 17-year-old passed his medical on Friday, and will officially become a Gunner on Monday once everything goes through. There is no denying that we are in need of a defensive midfielder, but surely the Polish star is one for the future rather than the solution to our current problems.
Wenger claims Bielik will slot straight into the first team however, and claims he is willing to gamble on his talented new acquisition.
“Yes, he will go into the first-team squad. He’s a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2, he has a good energy level and technical level,” he said.
“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.”
The Frenchman has no qualms about putting his trust in youth, and there have been times when his faith has paid off. We have been lacking in the anchor role for so long though, that it is certainly a huge risk.
With Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, and Francis Coquelin all able to play in defensive midfield, Bielik may be eased into the team. With fans clamouring for a more experienced and established star however, the youngster could end up coming in for some rather unfair criticism if he doesn’t hit the ground running.