Reiss Nelson got his Feyenoord career going with a match-winning assist in injury time on Sunday, as he continues to fight for starts.

Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)
Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)

Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has been making slow progress into the Feyenoord team since joining in August.

Initially, he didn’t make the squad at all, with his manager citing fitness concerns. Then he started to make the squad in early October. Then he began making substitute appearances.

At this stage, that’s as far as it’s gone. It seems like Nelson is only likely to progress to the starting lineup if he can impress in his minutes off the bench. So it was good to see him having an impact in the final moments of Feyenoord’s game on Sunday.

With 14 minutes left and the scores tied at 0-0, Nelson was introduced to try and find his team a winner. In the 92nd minute, he helped them get it.

Picking up the ball in midfield on a counter, Nelson took the ball into his path with an excellent first touch, before playing it through to Cyriel Dessers. Dessers still had a lot to do, but he found the net via a deflected shot.

You wouldn’t exactly say Nelson laid it on a plate, but it was certainly a positive involvement and a vital one for the team. Feyenoord remain in touching distance of the top of the Eredivisie, two points behind with a game in hand.

It’s a shame the international break is now going to halt any potential momentum. Given Nelson hasn’t received a call-up, he can continue to make his case in training before Feyenoord face PEC Zwolle on Sunday, 21st November at 13:30 GMT.