Reiss Nelson says that Unai Emery is a big help to him and the other young players as he allows them to express themselves, but will pull them up on things when required.
The head coach has shown faith in the winger, as well as Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles last season and again this, and he says that the two sides to the Spaniard are good when you’re starting out in your career.
Speaking the official site, he said, “Unai’s very positive and always telling you to express yourself, but also he’s got that thing where he’ll tell you if you do something wrong,” he said.
“I think that’s good for a coach to have two sides: the jokey side and the fiery side.
“For me, especially, it helps me a lot to continue to improve and keep going. He helps a lot of the young players because there were a lot of them who came on the pre-season tour.
“He told them to be themselves, if they made a mistake just carry on. He helps them grow and gives them a great chance.”
The Europa League in particular will provide more chances for our Academy players, particularly as more senior players return to full fitness for the Premier League, but Emery has shown he’s not afraid to give youth a chance so far this season.