Reiss Nelson is no doubt one of the most promising youngsters at Arsenal. He enjoyed some cameo appearances for the Gunners before a shock loan move last summer to German club Hoffenheim.
In truth, the youngster has experienced mixed fortunes in his temporary spell in the Bundesliga. However, Nelson the experience of playing in one of Europe’s top leagues and in European competition can only be good for him.
Mixed fortunes after a bright start
Nelson looked set for a sensational campaign in the German top-flight, as he scored six goals in his first seven appearances in the Bundesliga. His early form in German led to Nelson’s first call-up to the England under-21’s team.
He also impressed in his early games for the junior Lions, scoring twice in his opening two international appearances. However, his form has dipped of late and a back injury picked up in January has hindered his development.
In fact, the young winger has not started a game for his temporary German club in 2019. It’s obviously disappointing for the youngster. However, young players tend to experience peaks and troughs in form as they develop.
Maturing as a person
Spending time in Germany under one of the most highly-rated young bosses in Europe in Julian Nagelsmann will no doubt help his development. Nagelsmann recently omitted the youngster from his squad for turning for training 20 minutes late. It is the little things that Nelson will learn from this experience and not just as a footballer, but a person.
It is only natural for a 19-year-old to feel lonely in a foreign country, without the familiar faces of home. Nelson has talked about it being tough for him in Germany, especially learning to speak the language. He has struggled to pick up the language, which has no doubt not helped his time in the country. However, his experience at Hoffenheim will only help him mature as a person.
Will he be in the Arsenal first team next season?
Going by his first few months in German, the answer would have been yes. However, the back injury has not helped his development, so maybe he is not quite ready to challenge for a regular starter spot in the first-team.
Depending on the summer arrivals at Arsenal, I can see Nelson maybe going out on loan for another season maybe to another top-flight club or a Championship club. His time in Germany seems to have taught him a lot but maybe has not garnered the full benefit of the loan move.
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