Jadon Sancho convinced Reiss Nelson to take the leap on loan with Hoffenheim and kick-start his career abroad.
Nelson scored an exquisite free-kick on his full England Under 21s debut on Tuesday against Scotland after impressing in three Bundesliga outings, netting twice off the bench.
Sancho, who signed for Dortmund last season, is good friends with the Arsenal academy graduate and was adamant his fellow winger would flourish in Germany.
Jadon Sancho convinced Reiss Nelson to take the leap on loan with Hoffenheim this season
Nelson scored an exquisite free-kick on his full England Under 21s debut on Tuesday night
‘Jadon knows I like one against ones, he knows I’m a fast player and said there were a lot of those opportunities,’ Nelson said.
‘We’ve got a lot of similarities so he said I should go over there and that’s how I can show my brilliance.’
Sancho has won continued recognition for his displays at Dortmund, culminating in a senior international debut in Croatia last week.
He found games difficult to come by during his first year at the Westfalenstadion and Nelson’s family have all moved close to Hoffenheim’s base to counter any potential loneliness.
‘I’ve a really tight family,’ he added. ‘We’re taking life as it is in England – my mum (Jackie), my sister (Tessa) and my brother (Ricky).
‘We all made that decision together and they thought it best to come over and help me during my time over there. It’s helped me, 100 per cent. My mum’s cooking has been great!
‘Luckily for me loneliness isn’t an issue. There are boys over there who will say “come over Reiss, I’ve got nothing to do” so I do see the down side sometimes.
Sancho signed for Dortmund last season and made his full England debut after impressing
Nelson’s family have all moved close to Hoffenheim’s base to counter any potential loneliness
‘Sinsheim is a little village where everyone loves football. If you go out to Heidelberg, where I’m living, it’s a bit more like a city and we can go out as a family. It’s not just training then home.
‘They’re loving it to be fair, treating it like a holiday. I come home from training and they’re not even there, in the middle of Frankfurt doing a bit of shopping.’
Nelson also relies on advice from the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, remaining in regular contact with senior stars at Arsenal.
The 18-year-old said: ‘You’d have Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all there taking free-kicks after training. We used to have a bet on who could take the best.
‘They’ve all taken me in as a youngster, helped me into the player I am today by giving me that confidence and a lot of encouragement. They are great guys, always there if I want a quick chat.’