Reiss Nelson reminds Arsenal fans of raw talent in England U21 cameo

Last night Reiss Nelson did this:

A fabulous piece of skill to set up an England goal. A reminder to all of just what a talented kid he is.

But that is what we all need to remember, that he is still a kid, still just 19, that England U21s is his level right now.

Over in Germany, on loan at Hoffenheim, he had a sparkling start that saw him pick up the German equivalent of young player of the month. This got a lot of Arsenal fans calling for his immediate recall.

In recent months, he has found himself out of the team.

Without a start since December, disciplinary issues caused Nelson to be dropped from the match day squad completely. It was a stark reminder to both the player and fans of how hard it is to go from talented youth player to regular senior player. It is not just about natural ability, but also how a player applies him, how he trains on, his attitude.

After the assist yesterday, some fans have returned to their over excited state. Calling for Nelson to start regularly next season. Saying he will be a superstar. Let’s take a step back for a second.

He has struggled at senior level in the second half of the season and his sparkling performance yesterday was at U21 level.

Anyone expecting him to return to Arsenal in the summer and walk straight into the first team needs a dose of realisation.

Nelson could become a superstar, he could become a regular starter for The Arsenal, but it will not be from the beginning of next season.

With where he is at the moment, he will be off the bench, just like he is at Hoffenheim.

He will be a good attacking option, one of the first changes when chasing the game. Alex Iwobi will start ahead of him, but expect Nelson coming on for his older team mate on around the 60th minute to be a regular occurrence when chasing the game.

Nelson will get starts in the cup, and as the season go’s on with injuries, rotation and form, will get starts in the league. It is at that point he will have the opportunity to prove himself as a future superstar of Arsenal.

Yesterday was a reminder of his raw talent; but as it stands that talent is very raw.



We as fans need to take a step back, allow him to develop and not burden him with too high an expectation.


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