Reiss Nelson, like every other Arsenal fan, seems to have high hopes for 17-year-old Hale End wonderkid Charlie Patino.
The young midfielder is one of our academy’s most talented players. A deep-lying midfielder by trade, Patino has impressed in every age group he has ever played in, and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks into the Arsenal first-team.
The Hale End star played the full 90 minutes for the Arsenal under-21’s against Swindon Town on Tuesday. Although the Gunners lost the game, the teenager was arguably the best player on the pitch.
Patino touched the ball 86 times and completed 52 passes. He registered two key passes, completed two dribbles and attempted 15 long balls as well. Defensively, he won 17 out of his 19 duels, made five tackles and was fouled nine times. (SofaScore)
His composure on the ball, ability to get out of tight spaces and passing range were a joy to watch. It’s just a shame that he ended up on the losing side, but everyone who followed the game noticed how special he is.
Reiss Nelson sends a message to Arsenal fans about Charlie Patino
Arsenal fans were blown away by Patino’s display. Some urged Mikel Arteta to give him a chance against Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup later this month, while others compared him to the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and even Toni Kroos. (Read here)
Gooners weren’t the only ones impressed by Patino. Nelson, who is currently on loan at Feyenoord, took to Instagram to send a message to Arsenal supporters about the talented young midfielder. “Remember the name,” he said.
Nelson’s predictions should be taken seriously
Arsenal fans shouldn’t take Nelson’s comments lightly. The winger, apart from being an excellent player, has a fantastic eye for young talents. He tipped Bukayo Saka to success a long time before many supporters had even heard of our star boy.
David Ornstein recently shared his conversation with Nelson from 2018. He said: “I went to interview Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho in Dortmund in 2018. Just before we started rolling in the interview, Nelson and I were talking about Arsenal players.
“I said: ‘I’ve heard so much about you coming through because you were friends with Jadon Sancho, and you were peers. You’re the one, right? But there’s also others, there’s Willocks I’ve heard of, Nketiahs…’
“He just stopped me while I was speaking and said: ‘There’s only one you should watch out for, and it’s Saka’, and I had never heard of him. So this was 2018, Saka was probably about 16 years old, and [Nelson] said: ‘That is the one. That boy can do things that you won’t have seen on a football pitch’.”
If Patino goes on to have the kind of success that Saka has had, we may as well make Nelson our chief scout.