Manager admits he expected ‘higher yield’ from ‘struggling’ Arsenal man

Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has admitted that Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson is “struggling” to “create big chances for himself and his teammates”.

The Englishman has played 48 times for the Gunners since he made his senior debut in 2017/18.

Nelson impressed during his loan spell at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga in 2018/19.

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The 22-year-old joined Feyenoord on loan ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. He is yet to score in the Eredivisie and he has only provided one assist from his 13 outings.

Feyenoord have been managed by Slot since July last year. He has acknowledged that Nelson has struggled this term:

“The talent is there, but what Reiss still struggles with is creating big chances for himself or his teammates,” Slot said (via Sport Witness).

“You see a lot of skill, speed and agility, but the final push is still missing. Then it’s just not a finish or just not an assist.

“The most difficult thing in football is to get the best out of your play. And if you play for Feyenoord, where you often end up in a promising position as a winger, you expect a higher yield.

“I don’t think he is much of a goal scorer anyway. I don’t see him doing that much in training either, but at Hoffenheim, in the Bundesliga, he scored seven goals. That’s excellent.

“I did notice that against NEC, he looked for his direct opponent when he had the ball, which was lacking in the game with Vitesse. I think Reiss is much more of a preparer than a finisher, and I’m convinced he’ll show he can do better.”

Elsewhere, when asked who is going to clinch fourth spot, Chris Sutton told the Daily Mail:

“With their squad, Manchester United should be finishing fourth. Tottenham have games in hand which, if won, would propel them into the top four.

“They go to United in March, too, so can take control of this race.

“But United won 3-1 at Brentford – where big clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool have failed to win – and followed that up with a 1-0 win over West Ham. I expect the confidence from those wins to start flowing through them.”

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