|Bielik with first team action with Legia.|
Lech, on the other hand, haven't found that same ability to continuously bring in talent before moving it on for a considerably higher fee. There's been the occasional move, such as Tonev to Aston Villa or Artjoms Rudnevs' move to Hamburg, but for the most part the club struggle to move players for considerable amounts of money. Cue the Krystian Bielik transfer and a whole new level of incompetence by Lech's upper management. To borrow a phrase from former Lech and U.S. Men’s National Team player Jimmy Conrad: I'M F$%KING OUTRAGED!
As recently as last summer, Krystian Bielik was a member of the Lech Poznań academy, one of the best in the country. As he says, he signed with Polish agent Cezary Kucharski, a move which would rankle feathers among coaches and upper management at the academy as youth players are forbidden from having agents. Kucharski quickly told him of interest from Warsaw, and shortly after that, the highly-rated Bielik was off to join Lech's biggest rival, with promises of first team chances. Legia paid Lech a paltry sum of 50,000 Polish złoty, or about $13,500. For those of you keeping track of this transfer, Legia are set to make about €2.5 million up front, with likely add-ons after that.
|My reaction to seeing those numbers.|
Lech's upper management likes to talk non-stop about how much money they put into the academy and that we have some of the best facilities for youth in Poland to develop. Yet, there appears to be very little strategy in integrating these youngsters into the first team and eventually selling them, as a club of our stature should be doing. Lech were lucky so far in keeping youngsters like Dawid Kownacki, Karol Linetty, and Marcin Kaminski so far; but it's yet to be seen if they'll be able to sell them on for a bigger fee or lose them when contracts run out. So far, it's been mainly quiet from the Lech front, sadly. Now is the time for them to tell fans what the new strategy will be to keep youth players filtering in to the first team, and then sending them on to bigger European clubs when the time comes. Otherwise, we'll continue to fall further and further behind Legia.
Best of luck to Krystian Bielik in his future and development with Arsenal.