Reiss Nelson is without a doubt one of Arsenal’s brightest young prospects. In the summer, Gunners boss Unai Emery rather surprisingly decided to allow the youngster to join German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal.
Eying up a first-team spot at Arsenal
Despite his temporary summer move, Nelson is looking forward to returning to Arsenal and playing first-team football. Talking about making the move to Germany, the youngster told Talksport: “It was difficult,”
“Arsenal is my boyhood club, they’re a big part of my life. At the end of the day, I’m at an age where I want to play football and Hoffenheim is where that [chance] was. I had to get up and be strong, be independent and take my chance in Germany.
“I’m just here to play my football in Germany. Hopefully, I’ll come back in a couple of months – if it’s a year so be it – ready to play in Arsenal’s first-team.”
Hoffenheim a good place to develop his game
Nelson looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the game and hopefully at Arsenal. He has already shown so much potential in his cameos for the Gunners. Spending a year in the Bundesliga, especially at Hoffenheim under the highly-rated Julian Nagelsmann will help his development.
Not only is he likely to pick up valuable first-team experience, but he is also likely to grow as a person. Playing in a different country and culture will only benefit the youngster’s development.
A good example of a similar sort of situation is Nelson’s friend Jadon Sancho, of Dortmund who moved to Germany from Manchester City in search of first-team football.
Although he has not featured that much for Dortmund, the youngster has still produced six assists in the German top-flight, earning him a place in Gareth Southgate latest England squad. Nelson will no doubt hope to emulate Sancho in the future.
Scored for the England under-21 team
Nelson managed to get on the scoresheet for England’s under-21’s on Thursday night in a 7-0 mauling of Andorra at Chesterfield. With senior England boss Gareth Southgate looking at younger players, Nelson may be in with a chance of a place in the Three Lions squad if he impresses in Germany.
Nelson may be looking at breaking into the Arsenal first team and even the England team. However, for now, he just needs to keep working hard and impressing for Hoffenheim, then the rest will come.
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