Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has admitted Krystian Bielik still has room for improvement, despite making a strong start to life with his new club.
Bielik certainly made a positive impression on the Charlton fans over the weekend, scoring the winner against Southend United. Bowyer spoke to the media after the game, and agreed with the journalists present that the Arsenal loanee is a talented player, but insisted there’s still work to be done to reach his potential.
“Yep, he’s a very good player and that’s why we wanted to bring him in,” Bowyer began. “He’s good at everything – he can play centre-half, he can play in the middle of the park and he’s shown that. He’s very good on the ball – sometimes took too many touches but that’s under-23s football.
“He thinks he can dribble from the back, go past four players and that’s normal. It’s not normal, not in men’s football. He still has to learn but that’s why he’s with us, because he’s an exceptional player. You can see he’s an exceptional player but he needs to learn and he will learn under us because we’ll tell him the right things to do.”
The Polish u21 international seems happy with his choice of club and manager for the season, choosing to celebrate his late header by running over to embrace his new boss.
Bielik is playing in midfield for Charlton at the moment, which is actually where he used to appear for Legia Warsaw before joining Arsenal, and making the transition to centre-back. It’s been three years since then, so we’ll have to see how he does back in his old position over the course of the campaign.
If it goes well, Arsenal could always do with some extra cover in midfield. It might yet end up working out in the 20-year-old’s favour with his parent club. We’ll have to wait and see.