Since joining Bundesliga outfit TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the summer on a season-long loan deal, Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson is fast becoming a global phenomenon due to his influential exploits, and the flourishing 18-year-old is simply relishing the privilege of shining in one of Europe’s most prestigious divisions.
The budding attacker has hit the ground running under Julian Nagelsmann’s command, and with 4 goals and 1 assist to his name in 5 domestic encounters in the ‘exciting’ German top-flight to date, it’s clear to see why the England U21 international is causing such a stir on foreign soil.
Nelson may be turning heads and writing headlines during his temporary stint at Die Kraichgauer, but the young Gunner is humble in his immediate career aspirations, and is only focused on working hard on the training field to ensure that he continues to develop and thrive.
“I would never have expected myself to be in the Bundesliga at 18, in such a big league like this,” he expressed to Bundesliga.com.
“I just have to take every day as it comes, keep practising, keep asking questions to all my teammates, the coaches. Keep my feet on the ground and keep going.
“I’m liking the Bundesliga,” he added. “There’s a lot of top, top defenders that you come across.
“It was always going to be a challenge so when I got the offer to come out here I was excited, knowing it was going to be such a big challenge for me. As a person and as a player, I wanted to take the next step.”
Nagelsmann has deployed Nelson in a range of dynamic roles across the offensive spearhead, an experimental measure that has unlocked the teenage sensation’s innate ability to relentlessly tamper with perilled opposing rearguards.
Nelson’s seamless adaptability has aided Hoffenheim’s productivity in the final third, and whilst he believes he’s most effective as a No.10, the vibrant prospect is ultimately grateful to be involved in first-team affairs, regardless of the matchday capacity.
“For me, as long as I’m in the starting XI then that’s fine. I think the boss plays you in a position where he thinks he’s going to get the best use out of you.” He proceeded.
“As a number 10, or a second striker, there’s a lot of good positions where I see myself and I can go on and do damage if I listen to my teammates and coaches.”
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