The Arsenal faithful will have a mixed view on the signing of Bielik, who is considered one for the future. Former Gunner Alan Smith called it a ‘classic Wenger signing’ and thinks he’s a player who will not have an immediate impact.
However, Wenger recently stated that Bielik will go into the first-team squad against Manchester City:
‘He’s a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2ins, he has a good energy level and technical level. Also, it’s a gamble. But on what we saw it’s worth taking.’
‘It’s less than £2m. It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed then it’s cheap. Yes (he will go into first team squad).’
Now we all know Wenger is known for his frugalness, trying to haggle for the best price for a player, but this takes it to a whole new level.
Should the £2 million signing of Bielik really be labelled as a gamble? Better yet, is £2 million ‘an awful lot of money’ to spend on an inexperienced player?
Well perhaps £2 million for an unknown 17-year-old is a big chunk of money, but not an ‘awful lot’. But for a club like Arsenal, £2 million is peanuts, and Wenger’s comments about such a fee will only embarrass himself and the club. If Bielik doesn’t turn out to be the player Wenger expects then the Frenchman hasn’t really lost anything in the long-term.
Bielik appears to have all the qualities to become a very good player for Arsenal and for £2 million will be considered a bargain rather than a gamble.