Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has been nominated for the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Year award.
The 19-year-old spent the entire 2018-19 campaign on loan at German side Hoffenheim after a deadline day move in August. After being made to wait for his debut, Nelson scored with his first shot in a Hoffenheim shirt – scoring a brace in his next appearence against Nurnberg – and went on to score four goals in five Bundesliga appearances.
Nelson featured five times in the Champions League before Hoffenheim’s exit in the group stage and ended up scoring 7 times in 23 league appearences, with his performances earned him a call-up to the England Under-21 squad and he made an instant impact, where he also scored on his debut.
He is joined on the shortlist by Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid, and Watford loanee Dodi Lukebakio, who has been enjoying a fine run of form at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Stuttgart duo Nicolas Gonzalez and Ozan Kabak, Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka and RB Leizpig’s Matheus Pereira make up the seven-man list. You can vote for Reiss Nelson to win the award via the Bundesliga website.
In other young baller news, Kylian Mbappé has made history by winning Ligue 1’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.