Arsenal fans have praised Krystian Bielik’s starring performance in the League 1 Play-Off final at Wembley after his man of the match performance helped Lee Bowyer’s Charlton secure promotion to the Championship.
Bielik was signed by Arsenal in January 2015 and was expected to develop into one of the finest youngsters in the world. The opportunities haven’t come for the Pole though, and he’s had to go on loan to various clubs such as Birmingham and Walsall to get the game time he needs.
It’s at Charlton where he’s developed the most, with Bowyer deploying him in the centre-back role despite him spending most of his early career playing as a dynamic, defensive midfielder.
The final chapter of his season came in the play-offs in which his man of the match display helped Charlton claim a spectacular last-minute winner against fellow promotion hopefuls Sunderland.
Arsenal have struggled defensively all season, and the 6ft 3 colossus could be seen as the perfect replacement for some of the more ageing players like Laurent Koscielny, or even those who have struggled to find their best form like Shkodran Mustafi.
The Polish youngster’s performance has got fans very excited about the prospect of the defender returning to the club next season, and Arsenal fans took to Twitter to call for Charlton’s Play-Off star to be given a chance…
Congratulations to Krystian Bielik who gained promotion to the Championship today with Charlton, winning MOTM in the process. He’s still only 21 & is capable at centre half & in midfield. I’d much rather see him given a chance in pre-season than someone like Elneny.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) May 26, 2019
Arsenal loanee Bielik has won the MOTM today in the playoff final, helping Charlton qualify to the Championship. He's said to have had a great season, with Lee Bowyer heaping praise on him many a time. Should be given a chance in pre-season IMO
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) May 26, 2019
With the potential departure of Kos and mustafi, we should keep him around for next season. We’ll need that squad depth as injuries are inevitable.
— UberGunners (@UberGunners) May 26, 2019
He’s been absolutely fantastic, probably better than Chambers already and got higher potential. Would be criminal to not give him the opportunity next season
— Charlie (@DeadlyOzil) May 26, 2019
Would 100% keep this guy for another season or two. Proper bossed it at Charlton. Should be given a chance at DM at least!
— YNWA/ COYG ❤ (@shahriyarnadeem) May 26, 2019
For me, Bielik could be a good replacement for El nenny
— Lex Alogi (@LAloginho) May 26, 2019
Watched his clips on YouTube, the guy is good enough to compete. His tackling superb, long and short distribution superb, very good ball carrier and with a very good physical presence…..far better than El neny, will compete with Torriera ?
— Jason Asamonye (@JayAsamonye) May 26, 2019
Absolutely. He and Chambers both deserve a shot. Both have had good loan spells. We will need the squad depth if we’re compete in all fronts next season!
— A W (@nonpareil_afc) May 26, 2019