Reiss Nelson is currently undergoing his first full season as a senior Arsenal player, with more proof that talent is coming out of the club’s academy at a fairly quick rate nowadays.
Nelson, 20, is a highly-rated youngster that has earned his first-team opportunity, after an eye-catching loan spell in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim in the 2018/19 season.
The right-winger managed seven goals in in 29 appearances across all competitions for the German club and returned to the Emirates Stadium last summer with a real spring in his step.
He’s shown flashes of individual brilliance so far this campaign for the Gunners, with two goals and three assists in 19 senior games.
The English speed machine earned a string of Premier League starts when Mikel Arteta first arrived mid-season as manager, but his wait for a first top-flight goal continues and he’s only netted in cup competitions so far.
Nelson is a rising talent with supreme potential, but he’s got to start doing more on a regular basis to impress Arteta and really cement himself as a quality first teamer.
He somewhat wasted his opportunity in midweek with a start in the 4-0 win league win over Norwich City, as he was unable to really make his mark and was substituted off before the hour mark.
He could certainly learn a thing from Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka, who has also come through the academy system into the senior group this term and his reputation continues to soar.
Saka, who recently signed a £40,000-a-week contract (Times) at the start of July, already looks like he’s been a first teamer for years.
The 18-year-old left-winger may be a couple of years younger than Nelson, but it appears like he’s overtaken him in terms of his progress and has 10 assists already this campaign under his belt.
He’s not been afraid to be direct in possession and take risks following his integration to the main group.
Nelson could definitely improve if he comes out of his shell more and teammate Saka is certainly someone he must look to copy moving forward.