Arsenal boss Unai Emery has today spoken about loan star Reiss Nelson, as well as addressing talk of an early recall for the Gunners youngster.
The 18-year old winger joined Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the summer on a season-long loan, and has excelled in his early outings for the club.
Having faced fierce competition at the Emirates Stadium this season, Germany was lined up as a good destination for the England Under-21s international, with fellow Englishmen Jadon Sancho and Ademola Lookman also flourishing in the German top flight over the last 12 months.
And since joining Hoffenheim, Nelson has been in red hot form, scoring five goals and assisting one in just six Bundesliga appearances.
Talking ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon, Emery confirmed the club are keeping an eye on young Nelson, although it is too early to talk about a recall for the forward. Emery said:
He can take responsibility, minutes and confidence in a team where he can play more.
Then the objective with him is to come back with us and grow with this experience. My experience in Spain and France is that with this loan the player can achieve this.
With Reiss, we are very happy with him at the moment. We follow him every match. We are thinking about how he can help us in the future.
When pressed on whether it was likely that Nelson could have his loan spell cut short to make an early return to London, Emery continued:
At the moment we don’t speak about that.