Krystian Bielik was named Charlton’s Man of the Match in their play-off final win over Sunderland on Sunday, as they achieved promotion to the Championship.
On loan from Arsenal this season, Bielik has played a key role in Charlton’s promotion campaign. He made 31 appearances in the regular season, splitting his time between centre-back and defensive midfield and directly contributing to five goals in addition to his defensive duties.
Unfortunately, Charlton only finished third, three points off the automatic promotion places. Bielik was just as impressive in the play-offs though, scoring in the semi-final before winning the Man of the Match award in the final at Wembley.
It was the perfect way to cap off a strong season for the 21-year-old, who has two years left on his Arsenal contract. Under Raul Sanllehi’s new guidelines, that means the club will push him to extend his contract or move on this summer, rather than running his deal down to its final year.
Before that, Bielik has the u21 European Championship with Poland to prepare for. It’ll be a tough test for Bielik’s side, as they have Spain, Italy and Belgium in the group stage, but compared to the drama of the play-offs it’ll probably feel pretty lowkey.