Arsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson should pushing for a loan move before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Kevin Campbell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker said the 21-year-old “needs to take a good long look at himself” and realise that he needs to play regular first team football.
Nelson has not made a Premier League matchday squad since November and was also overlooked for Saturday’s trip to Southampton in the FA Cup.
However, the attacker has been a regular feature in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign – his four appearances in the group stages yielded one goal and one assist.
As confirmed by Mikel Arteta in October, the England Under-21 international turned down the chance to leave the Emirates on loan in the summer.
When asked if a temporary exit would be best for Nelson’s develop, Campbell told Football Insider: “Reiss Nelson needs to play football.
“He needs to get out and play week in, week out. He needs to be a pro and see what it feels like.
“At the end of the day, being in and around the first team is nice but it does not develop your career and as far as I am concerned, he still needs to develop as a footballer.
“He needs to take a good long look at himself and go and get football.
“I would like to think that they are working in the background to try and get a loan move.”