Many eyebrows were raised among Arsenal supporters when they heard the news that highly-rated youngster Reiss Nelson was leaving in the summer. The move to German club Hoffenheim was only temporary of course, as the winger had signed a new deal prior to his switch to the Bundesliga outfit.
Needed a loan move
At just 18 years of age, Nelson is still very much a youngster. He has featured for Arsenal in cameos, but understandable considering his age has not featured on a regular basis for the Gunners.
Nelson probably would not have played regularly for Arsenal this season either. He would have been limited to starting cup games and the odd league appearance, maybe from the bench. Sitting on the Arsenal bench will have done very little for his development, so a loan move was the obvious answer.
Hoffenheim a good place to develop
When you think of Germany clubs, Hoffenheim is unlikely to be the first on your mind. However, the minnows have been making massive progress under highly-rated young progressive German boss Julian Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy likes his teams to play attractive football and Nelson has started to thrive for the Bundesliga outfit after a rocky start. Nelson has now scored six goals in just seven appearances in the German top-flight. Considering three of those appearances came from the bench, that is a pretty impressive record.
The Bundesliga is a top quality league and the youngster seems to be enjoying his time in the German top-flight. Playing in the Bundesliga is certainly a step up in standard to playing in the Championship on loan or even a lower team in the Premier League.
All around it seems that the temporary move to Germany has been a great one for one of Arsenal’s brightest youngsters.
The move will help Nelson develop off and on the field
Nelson is young, but spending time at Hoffenheim, in a new environment, league and learning a different language will help the winger become a more mature person. It will help him develop skills he may not have learnt while at Arsenal.
The playing time he is accumulating on the pitch will also help his development as a player. Hoffenheim are currently odds of 7/4 to finish in the Bundesliga’s top four. If Nelson can continue in his recent rich vein of form, then they will no doubt stand a better chance of claiming a Champions League spot for the second straight season.
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