Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann believes Reiss Nelson has the potential to be as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
The 18 year-old has made a fantastic start to his season-long-loan spell in Germany. Gunners boss Unai Emery will no doubt be delighted with what he’s seen from the player after taking the decision to allow him to develop elsewhere for a year.
Nelson has flourished for Hoffenheim alongside fellow Englishman Jadon Sancho, who’s performing superbly for Borussia Dortmund.
And Nagelsmann believes, if Nelson can work on his consistency, then there’s no reason he cannot be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben.
‘He has great potential to develop. That’s why we loaned him in the first place. He’s an incredible player in one-on-one situations,’ Nagelsmann is quoted by the .
‘It’s about growing in a healthy fashion for young players. It’s like being a musician. One good song can put bread on the table for a few weeks but it’s not about just being a one-hit wonder. It’s about being stable for a long time, in the best case doing that over the course of 15 years.
‘If you want to be a great player, like to name a few examples, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben or Lionel Messi, being able to perform at the top for over a decade. So he’s got to work hard now.’