Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik is likely to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window after manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was considering the Poland youth international's future in north London.
The 18-year-old has only made two senior appearances for the Gunners since joining the club in January 2015. The defensive midfielder's debut came against Sheffield Wednesday last season before being awarded a brief appearance against Nottingham Forest in the rebranded English Football League Cup.
Many of Bielik's outings since joining from Legia Warsaw have otherwise come in the Premier League's reserve division or the Uefa Youth League - with scant few opportunities to impress on a regular basis. The Poland Under-18 international made only five appearances for Legia before moving to Arsenal but Wenger admits he could soon be rewarded for his patience with regular first team football.
"The plan with him, he already works with us a lot, with the first team," said Wenger, who was speaking after Arsenal's 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets Razgrad. "He has developed very well. For me he has all the attributes to be a great player but now he is not ready experience wise to play in our team. I will consider the situation at the end of December to see if he can go out [on loan] somewhere and play or if we'll keep him until the end of the season here."
If Bielik is to feature again before January then Wenger could feasibly hand him an opportunity in the EFL Cup. Arsenal take on Championship side Reading in the round of 16 on Tuesday 25 October at The Emirates Stadium in what could represent a rare chance to blood a number of young players.
Inspiration that Bielik can become the latest players to successfully make the transition from the academy into the senior Arsenal side should come in the form of winger Alex Iwobi. The Nigeria international has become a staple of the first team since making his debut against Wednesday in October 2015 - also the scene of Bielik's first team bow.