Thursday, October 5, 2017

Another Zimbabwe-Brit Starlet Making Waves In The English Premier League!!

Born on December 10, 1999 in Elephant and Castle, London to a Zimbabwean father and English mother, Reiss Nelson is another young player with Zimbabwean roots dubbed to be the 'next big thing' in the English premier league.

The 17-year old Arsenal academy graduate who signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in December 2016 after producing a series of impressive performances with the Under-18 and 21 sides, is highly regarded by coach Arsène Wenger and was included in the first team's 2017/18 pre-season tour to Australia and China.

The highlight of young Nelson's breakthrough campaign came in Sydney, where he had a close chance to impress Wenger. He became one of the top performers during the tour playing as a right wing-back. And the coach was more than impressed.

Arsène Wenger, who is known to admire players who are capable to play in different positions, was stunned by how cool and collected young Nelson handled the wing-back position during the tour since he knew already the youngster preffered role behind the striker.

After banging six goals in five matches for Arsenal Under-23s in English Premier League 2 this season, Reiss made a first-team cameo appearance in the Community Shield against Chelsea in August before making his full debut in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Doncaster on 21st September in Carabao cup competition.

Reiss also featured in the Europa tie against BATE Borisov on 28 September 2017 in Belarus where the talented youngster's performances left everybody who watched him play, satisfied that he is definitely the 'next big thing'.

Arsenal legend and former French star, Thierry Henry who coached Reiss during his time at the academy, beleives Reiss is the 'next big thing'.

"I worked with Reiss when I was at Arsenal academy and I was so impressed with him. He has all the attributes to make it," said the former Arsenal star on Arsenal News website.

"You know when you see a player and you just want him to get the ball? He is that player, he has that thing. The rest is up to him," said Henry.

Blessed with quick feet, good movement on the ball, excellent technical ability and a cunning attacking mind-set, Reiss' flair and skill is likened to Brazil and PSG star Neymar by another club legend Martin Keown.

"He has touches you often see or associate with a Neymar or other top player," said Keown after Aresnal's 4-2 Europa tie win in Belarus.

"He breezes past players. Wenger will know the quality he has, he’s looked after him well. ’17 years of age, it’s quite phenomenal the ability this boy has," said Keown.

Reiss has featured for almost all England national junior teams, having also recently made his Under-19 national squad debut. But he can still be considered for Zimbabwe-Warriors as the youngster still has chance to change his alligience and represent the country of his origin at senior international level - if he chooses to - since he hasn't been capped by Three Lions senior team as yet.

It remains to be seen wether the talented youngster will choose to remain a Three Lion at senior level or convinced to originate back to a Warrior he really is.


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