It was easy to get caught away with Reiss Nelson start over in Germany.
4 goals in his first 5 games for Hoffenheim saw him named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month: for October.
Some Arsenal fans were demanding the club recall him in January. Others putting him in their start XI for 2019/20.
Many ignored the fact that, despite his good form, he was not a regular starter for Hoffenheim.
In that run of 5 games, he had only started twice, and was pulled off at half time in one of those.
People had unfairly raised their expectations of a then 18-year-old who was having his first season of top flight football. They had forgotten that he was an 18-year-old in his first season of top flight football.
Since that blistering start, he has scored just twice in the next 18 games – and has not scored in his last 12. He has also failed to provide an assist this season.
Since the turn of the year he has failed to make a single start, playing just four times.
It then breaks that manager Julian Nagelsmann omitted the youngster from his squad against Nuremburg for disciplinary reasons’.
Nagelsmann also adds that his decision was an ‘educational measure’.
This makes me feel it was just a minor infringement, probably turning up late too often for training.
Nagelsmann realises Nelson is with him to develop to learn. So omitting him to teach him a lesson is part of that learning. Something Arsenal would not have a problem with.
Nelson is in a new country, alone.
How he behaves when living on his own, with money to burn, will be an insight into the type of player he will become in the future.
We have seen a lot of young players with a lot of talent not make it to the top level, not fulfil their potential, due to a poor attitude.
Think Jermaine Pennant.
Recently Emmanuel Frimpong announced his retirement from football at the age of 27-years-old.
Frimpong was starring for Arsenal’s under-18s at 14-years-old. He should have made it, but became more interested in his social media profile then his football.
Hopefully Nelson learns his lesson from being dropped, moves forward, and becomes the player he has the ability to become.
Next season will be too early for the 19-year-old to be playing week in week out.
Once we sign a top class winger, he will then be competing with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to start.
It will not be easy for him – and he will probably start the season as 4th choice, but with the right attitude and progression he will should be pushing for a starting spot.
An exciting talent, he just needs to fulfil it.