Hector Bellerin has been impressed by Reiss Nelson’s transition from attacker to wing back.
Nelson has made his breakthrough into the Arsenal first team this season, but not in his preferred role in attack.
Instead, he’s been filling in for Hector Bellerin during Arsenal’s cup matches.
Despite not being a natural defender, Nelson has adapted to the role extremely well. It’s something that Bellerin feels is a remarkable achievement.
“When you see him play, even at wing back, you can tell he’s an attacking player,” Bellerin said, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“Every time he’s on the ball he tries to make things happen, he looks really comfortable and he’s also someone who understands the Arsenal game.
“When you compete against teams in the Europa League and you’re able to adapt from a No.10 role to a wing-back role, I think that’s remarkable at that age.”
Nelson hasn’t looked over-awed by his first team experience and has shown glimpses of his considerable talent.
Bellerin admires his style of play and feels he will return to the u23s with a new-found confidence.
“Reiss is one of the players who, since they’ve stepped onto the first-team training pitch, has shown that there’s something quite different about him. He’s got a great attitude, he’s got a great style of play and is someone who, when he goes to the under-23s now, he will go and score every single week.”
The Spaniard was also keen to add what Nelson needed to do next to continue his development.
“He’s someone who we’re really happy to have.
“He needs to keep his feet on the floor in the same way that he’s been doing up until now and, if he keeps going the way he’s going, I’m sure he will have a great career.
“It’s a great opportunity for him to be able to play in these competitions now and I think he’s taking his opportunities really well.”
Nelson’s next first team opportunity will likely come against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday.
After that, he’ll have to wait a few weeks until Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie against West Ham.
The 17-year-old will continue to feature in the u23 side in the meantime.
He’ll be hoping that more eye-catching performances as an attacker will earn him more opportunities in the Arsenal first team.