Loaned out to Feyenoord for the season, Reiss Nelson was expected to play a fair amount for the Eredivisie side.
That, however, hasn’t been the case, with manager Arne Slot first criticising the player’s previous training regime, as he explained he’d often play ‘in the team that had to imitate the opponent’ and ‘didn’t actually play any matches’.
There was hope the player could feature soon, but it appears the 21-year-old might have to wait even longer to get his debut for Feyenoord if his manager’s comments on Friday are to be believed.
He said, relayed by Soccernews: “He will train with us again, that is a good first step. It’s still the small work, so he still has to take the next steps. Maybe that can be done towards next week, but then you also look at the schedule. It is worth the risk, if it is a risk at all, or do you wait until after the international break”.
Feyenoord face NEC Nijmegen, Slavia Prague and Vitesse Arnhem before then, and if Slot’s words are anything to go by, Nelson might have to wait until the RKC Waalwijk clash on October 16th before stepping onto the pitch.
This situation is now being branded a ‘mystery’ in Holland, with many wondering how on earth a player who had a preseason with Arsenal and who played for them could be in this situation.
His last game was a 19 minute cameo against Brentford for Arsenal in the season opener, which the Gunners lost 2-0.