Reiss Nelson has shown glimpses of quality in his early Arsenal career. Having broken into the Gunners side last term on a more regular basis, he had a hand in six goals – but a loan move is expected, with Premier League clubs reportedly keen.
Nelson, 20, returned to Arsenal last summer following a profitable season on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in which he scored seven times. The England Under-21 ace was afforded 24 appearances last term, scoring three and creating three.
In and out of the Arsenal side, the Willian signing and new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pushed the winger down the pecking order – with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe also above him in Mikel Arteta’s thinking.
There is no doubting the set-piece specialist’s quality, though, who scored one of his three goals against Leeds last term – bundling the ball home against the Whites in the FA Cup at the Emirates in January.
Football London state that Crystal Palace are rivalling Burnley and Brighton for Nelson but with Leeds wanting a winger before the end of the window – surely a loan move for Nelson makes sense? The player himself is keen to leave on loan.
The Whites are still in the market for a central midfielder and a winger, with the prior expected to be solved in the form of Bayern Munich star Michael Cuisance. A winger, though, is still required.
Nelson would be ideal. He offers versatility in that he can play on either side, and would be cheap in terms of wages – given he is earning just £15,000 a week (Spotrac). He offers cover for Jack Harrison and Helder Costa, and can play inside, too.
Elbowing Palace, Burnley and Graham Potter’s Brighton out of the way to land Nelson would be excellent business from the Whites – if they can engineer a move for him. Whether Leeds will consider him remains to be seen.