Date: 13th March 2017 at 3:13pm
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Birmingham City`s defensive frailties are made all the more frustrating given the fact that a highly rated Arsenal youngster sits kicking his heels on the bench week after week.

Krystian Bielik signed for Blues on loan back in January. We were told his versatility was a massive benefit and that he would improve the leaky defence. So far, he`s started just two games (the 2-1 defeat at Preston and 1-1 draw at Cardiff) and has been introduced from the bench on two occasions.

My understanding is that Arsene Wenger agreed to send the 19 year-old out on loan to gain experience. But what sort of experience is he gaining from playing 10 minutes here and there?

With the way Blues have been defending this season, it was easy to understand why Gianfranco Zola opted to bring in a fresh defensive option. But Arsenal do not send their young players out on loan to play a bit part for a struggling Championship team.

When Bielik has been on the pitch, he has been impressive. His cameo appearance at Wolves was the highlight of his time at Bleus so far. Frustratingly, he found himself back on the bench for the next two games – a 3-1 defeat against Leeds and a 1-0 defeat against Wigan.

Bielik started in Saturday`s draw at Cardiff and did reasonably well – everything points to him starting against Newcastle on Saturday. Zola has been raving about the youngsters ability so surely he won`t be left out again?

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3 Replies to “Krystian Bielik deserves more starts”

  • From what I can gather Wenger was not happy about him playing second fiddle to an ageing Robinson. Just another hash by Zola who believe me will have us in a dire place come Saturday evening.Panos and co. unaware of our urgency to get our team sorted. Wigan,Derby have acted swiftly and sensibly.

  • Well was it not reported that Bielik was out with bruised ribs after the wolves game I read it on the BCFC website. I would say Wenger would be more upset had Zola played him than not in this case. Zola most go but I can see why he as gone with Robbo over a young player who was still recovering from injury all be it a small injury it is incredibly painful to play with. He played at Wigan the hole game so he must be fully fit now. So I don’t see what the issue is here. KRO

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