Krysitan Bielik is finally fit and looking forward to earning his place in the Walsall starting lineup.
The Arsenal youngster has been sidelined since he joined Walsall and has not yet had a chance to show what he can do on the pitch.
Struggling with both knee and hamstring problems, Bielik has been working with a physio at Arsenal in order to get himself in shape.
“My physiotherapist wanted to finish his job – which was to send me to Walsall fit,” Bieliek told the Express & Star.
“He did a great job, I feel better now and I’m focused on training and on the games. I want to deserve a place in the squad and play at my best.
“In every training session I try to do my best to impress the coach. Some people can say ‘oh, he came from Arsenal so he has to play’ but no, I know I have to deserve it from training.
“If the manager puts me in the squad I’ll try to stay there for as long as I can and play the most games the best that I can – and that’s my target for this season.”
He also revealed that he has settled into his new squad after finally training with the team. “They do like joking sometimes – and I understand it. I was maybe a bit stressed before I came to the dressing room but I did know that they would be really nice.”
Bielik joined Walsall at the end of the January transfer window however the 20-year-old was struggling to shake-off a hamstring problem after missing the first half of the season with a shoulder issue.
“Krystian has had a setback in his rehab,” said Jon Whitney, Walsall manager at the time (it’s now Dean Keates).
“Unfortunately he has tweaked his knee during late-stage rehab which has delayed the start of his loan spell with us.
“Krystian is due at the club in the next 10 days to meet with the squad and take part in some group sessions, and we look forward to Krystian joining the group in the next couple of weeks.”
Under contract with Arsenal until 2020, big things are expected of the u19 Poland centreback who impressed many with his loan spell at Birmingham last season.
Bielik signed for Arsenal from Legia Warsaw in the winter of 2015 for just over £2m.
He has managed just four Premier League 2 appearances this season, a total of 357 minutes. Two of those came in August with the remaining two in December.