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Reiss Nelson - Bundesliga Experienced and Premier League Ready
Reiss Nelson playing for the England U-21 squad at the U-21 European Championship in March

There have been a number of success stories of late, English and British youth talents moving to the Bundesliga to gain the experience needed to succeed at a top club in the Premier League.

Some have made the move on a loan deal, while others have chosen to make a permanent crossover. The move may be a frequent one, but not everyone who swaps the fringes of England for a starting chance in Germany succeeds.

For those who have decided on a temporary move there are four positive examples of how good the situation can be.

Marko Grujić has extended his stay at Hertha Berlin for another season as Liverpool look to develop the player away from Anfield, Ademola Lookman's move from Everton to Leipzig was so successful that the German club are now poised to make it a full-time deal, while Arsenal's Reiss Nelson wowed those who saw him at TSG Hoffenheim.

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On loan from Arsenal, Reiss Nelson warms up ahead of a match for Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim.

With competition for places so tight in England's top division, there has been a hesitancy to throw the youth players into what can be - an unforgiving league.

This is where their German counterparts come to the rescue. Established as one of Europe's top five leagues, the Bundesliga is unafraid of the mantra 'if you're good enough, you're old enough'.

Bayern Munich have shown already in this summers' International Champions Cup that youth is the future, and their acquisition of such talent as Alphonso Davies earmarks the German champions as a believer in long term development.

It is in this highly competitive league, that allows the balance of youth and experience, where Arsenal's Nelson found prominence.

The midfielder played 30 times while at Hoffenheim, and showed just how versatile he could be. Scoring on his debut in a defeat to Fortuna Düsseldorf, the tricky 19-year-old twisted and turned his opponents inside out.

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Reiss Nelson with Matteo Guendouzi when the pair lined up together for Arsenal in the International Champions Cup.

Nelson's brilliance continued, hitting a brace at Nuremberg he took his tally to four goals in his opening four games, quite the return for a winger. But it showed once again just how powerful English wingers could be in Germany's top league.

Hoffenheim head coach, Julian Nagelsmann (now with RB Leipzig), described his winger as one who could score from acute angles, and the tactician experimented with his talented loanee in a myriad of positions.

Right wing, left wing, attacking midfield and even as a second-striker, Nelson continued to impress. This wasn't lost on those back home in North London and this coming season he will look to make his mark in the Premier League just as he did during his time in Germany.

The early signs look positive, Nelson was part of the starting XI that played Italian side Fiorentina in their second of three International Champions Cup fixtures.

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A lucky fan receives Reiss Nelson's boots after Arsenal's ICC clash with PSG in 2018.

Overcoming the Serie A club three-nil, the winger played 75 minutes and looked as sharp as one could be in pre-season.

 

Whether the teenager can break into Unai Emery's full-time squad is yet to be seen, but the midfielder is keen to impress and sees the North London club as his home.

 

Speaking to the press while on England Under-21 duty in June, Nelson said:

Germany made me grow up as a person and on the pitch it showed. Whenever I got any minutes, I would have to take any opportunity that comes my way.

I learned a lot of stuff. I made a lot of friends, and also I made a good connections with the managers. They taught me a lot of stuff that I can take on in my career.

It was difficult, leaving. But Arsenal are my team and I want to go back to Arsenal and play”

Nelson will get his next opportunity to shine in the International Champions Cup when Arsenal take on Spanish giants, Real Madrid on 23 July in Landover.

 
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