Reiss Nelson set up the England u21s’ opening goal against Poland on Thursday, causing some Arsenal fans to get excited about his return.
Nelson appeared in his fifth game for the England u21s on Thursday, and he added another assist to make it a total of two goals and two assists in those matches. It was an eye-catching moment from the 19-year-old, as he raced in behind the defence before rounding the keeper and cutting the ball back for a Dominic Calvert-Lewin open goal.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal fans were excited to see the teenager impressing in front of goal once again:
He is mate! His pace and vision will be great in our side a good fast winger we need
— Daniel Collins (@dan1987) March 21, 2019
More impressive that despite the ball almost being out of play he still had the presence of mind to wait for the defender on the line to commit before passing
— little big Hec (@ctwit8) March 22, 2019
Mans a baller
— David McQuaid (@DavidMcQuaid4) March 21, 2019
— Marcel Campbell (@Campbel14Marcel) March 21, 2019
Bro Reiss Nelson is on a different level
— FinnCookson (@Finncookson) March 21, 2019
Filthy assist by Reiss Nelson I love it
— ً (@NxthanielA1) March 21, 2019
Nelson has been on loan all season with Hoffenheim of course, and he started well with six goals and an assist before the end of November. Since then, he’s struggled to be involved in the goals, partly because Julian Nagelsmann has only given him one start in all competitions during that time.
If Nagelsmann isn’t willing to give Nelson regular starts at Hoffenheim, there’s no guarantee Unai Emery will do so next season. Of course, Arsenal are a different team with different needs, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next year.
Hopefully, Nelson can have a few more positive moments before the end of the campaign, if only to keep his confidence high ahead of pre-season.