Feyenoord have confirmed the signing of Reiss Nelson on a season-long loan deal.
The Dutch club made a late enquiry for the England under-21 international when a deal to sign Manchester United’s Amad Diallo collapsed and things have moved very quickly in the last 24 hours.
While Reiss may not have been Feyenoord’s first choice signing, you wouldn’t know it judging by the comments of sporting director Frank Arnesen.
“We’ve been following Reiss for months,” he said. “Getting him to Feyenoord was one of our priorities in this transfer window, so we are very happy that it worked out and that we can welcome him today.
“Reiss is a very creative attacker, a fast boy with good action who can make it very difficult for defenders in one-on-one. We can use such a player in our attack.”
The Gunners wanted Nelson, 21, to go out on loan last season but he opted to stay at the Emirates to fight for his place. In the end, he made only nine appearances and effectively lost a year at a vital stage of his career.
Having come through the academy to make his debut under Arsene Wenger, there were high hopes that Nelson would become a real star at the Emirates. Unfortunately, despite showing flashes of his talent – predominantly in the Bundesliga during a year with Hoffenheim – he’s struggled for consistency in senior football.
It’s no secret that the winger is surplus to requirements at the Emirates but he’s agreed to a one-year contract extension that keeps him on our books through until 2023. The hope is that he plays well this season and generates more interest next summer.
A gifted footballer, Nelson will no doubt be looking at close pal Joe Willock’s six-month spell at Newcastle as an example of how quickly fortunes can change.
Best of luck to Reiss in Rotterdam.