Potential addition of Bielik could be bad for Field’s development

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According to a report from The Telegraph, West Brom are one of a number of clubs showing an interest in Arsenal’s Krystian Bielik.

What’s the word?

Albion have been rather quiet in the transfer window so far with more players leaving the Hawthorns than have arrived.

The club completed good work in bringing Croatian Filip Krovinovic to the club on loan, but they have now lost Craig Dawson, Jay Rodriguez and Louie Barry.

Talented 16-year-old Morgan Rogers could also be on his way out, too.

However, they’re now targeting a Premier League midfielder as Bielik has attracted the attention of various Championship clubs.

The Telegraph report that the Baggies are in contention but so are Derby, Middlesbrough and Brentford.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Charlton but Arsenal are hopeful he’ll sign a new deal. If he doesn’t though, they could be willing to let him leave permanently.

Field in jeopardy

The versatile Pole was one of the crucial cogs of the Charlton side that were promoted from League One last term, making 31 appearances as he scored three and also assisted two goals.

Bielik played in central defence at times but it was in holding midfielder where he played most of the season.

And with that in mind, his potential arrival could put Sam Field’s development in jeopardy.

The Albion academy graduate struggled for minutes last term, finding himself behind the likes of Jake Livermore and Gareth Barry in the pecking order.

He played 12 times in the Championship, four of which were starts. The 21-year-old looked impressive when he did play, scoring against Bolton whilst making 1.8 tackles per game over the matches he featured in.

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Rather harshly, he regularly found himself left out of the side and rarely got a chance under Jimmy Shan, playing just twice.

A fresh start under Slaven Bilic could be exactly what he needs, but if Albion bring in another defensive midfielder he is unlikely to play a large role again.

Bielik has the potential to be a shrewd piece of business for West Brom, but they have to be wary of potentially upsetting one of their rising talents.