Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik told Foot Truck how he is confident he will return to be a top player while sharing how Phillip Cocu spoke to him after his injury.
Derby signed Bielik from Arsenal for a near club record fee in 2019.
The Poland international, however, has been incredibly unlucky during his time at Pride Park. He has suffered two ligament injuries and will miss Euro 2020.
It would be understandable if Bielik was feeling sorry for himself.
But instead, the 23-year-old remains as determined as ever as he told Poland Youtube channel Foot Truck he is confident his injuries won’t prevent him reaching the top.
“I know I’ll be back to the top level. I know it, I can feel it, right now. One hundred percent. I will not be a worse player or better. If the procedure is done right, if it undergoes rehabilitation, it will be better. I talked to former coach Phillip Cocu, he said that fifteen or twenty years ago would be the end of his career but now you are getting stronger,” Bielik explained.
Derby have missed Krystian Bielik:
Derby’s form with and without Bielik last season was night and day.
The dominant midfielder only made 13 appearances, but Derby won six of them. Moreover, the Rams kept eight clean sheets with Bielik protecting the back four.
The former Arsenal man evidently has an abundance of ability. Derby’s form nosedived after his injury, winning just one of their last 15 Championship games of the season.
Bielik’s presence also gets the best out of his teammates.
Phillip Cocu was unlucky not to have his best player consistently available as Derby boss but reaching out to Bielik months after his dismissal shows the class of the Dutchman.