Dutch side Feyenoord finished the group stage of the UEFA Conference League in style last night and Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson, whose goal turned out to be the winner, was the star of the show.
The rapid 22-year-old winger has had a tough time out on loan in the Netherlands. Before the game last night, he had only played 132 minutes of football in all competitions – none of which came from the start.
Nelson started for the first time yesterday since joining Feyenoord on loan in the summer and it’s safe to say now that he took his chance brilliantly.
WATCH: Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson scores brilliant goal for Feyenoord
Feyenoord faced Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in their final UEFA Conference League group stage game yesterday. The Dutch giants had already qualified for the next stage, but a win is always important, and Nelson made sure his side got over the line.
The Arsenal man started on the left-wing yesterday and he was brilliant. In his 76 minutes on the pitch, he had 58 touches and maintained a healthy 86 per cent passing accuracy. He completed three dribbles, won three duels and had four shots at goal, two of which were on target. (SofaScore)
He was the highest-rated Feyenoord player on the pitch, as per SofaScore, and he topped his fine performance with a brilliantly taken goal in the second half.
What next for Nelson?
Nelson really needed that performance. The young Englishman hasn’t quite been able to hit the heights that he did at Hoffenheim a few years ago, but last night’s goal could give him the boost he needs to kick on.
The 22-year-old will have just one year left on his Arsenal contract when he returns from loan next summer. It’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be able to break into our senior side, which is why Edu would want to see him play out of his skin in the coming weeks and months.
If Nelson can play regularly and score a few goals by the end of this season, Arsenal can slap a decent price tag on his head. Clubs will certainly be willing to pay a good fee for him, which is the best thing for all parties involved next summer.