England manager Gareth Southgate is ‘keeping an eye’ on Reiss Nelson as he considers handing the Arsenal teenager his full international debut.
by Lee Hurley
The 18-year-old scored a brace at the weekend for Hoffenheim against FC Nuremberg bringing his total to the season to four goals in four Bundesliga appearances.
Nelson has been used in a variety of positions by Julian Naglesmann including as an attacking midfielder and on the left and right wing.
Nelson has caps at u16, u17, u18, u19, u20 and u21 level for his country but a full call-up for the next international break in November seems to be on the cards according to our information.
England play USA on 15 November at Wembley.
Reiss Nelson’s market value has shot up after his recent performances for Hoffenheim, as the Arsenal loanee starts to make his name in senior football.
by Dan Critchlow
Over the weekend, Nelson scored his third and fourth goals for his loan club, having only made four appearances for the side so far.
The buzz around him hasn’t gone unnoticed by transfermarkt.com, who increased his transfer value from €400k to €7.5m.
What with Nelson’s new Arsenal contract and the premium on English players at the moment, he’s probably worth even more than that in reality. An 18-year-old scoring regularly in one of Europe’s top-five leagues would surely spark a bidding war if he did end up on the market.
Nonetheless, it’s good to see the youngster’s progress recognised more widely. Fans will often look to these sorts of market valuations, rightly or wrongly, as a way to evaluate the Arsenal academy, or how much faith the team should put in a particular young player, and so on.
Hoffenheim have a big week coming up, starting with a Champions League clash with Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday. Hopefully, Nelson can show his importance to the team once again and set himself up for a big season in Germany.