Why only the toughest survive in Premier League academies

Reiss Nelson is running through his repertoire of tricks and flicks on an astroturf pitch in north London. A photographer snaps his every move as he models a new pair of boots, while a group of five friends watch on a short distance away.

He’s yet to make an appearance for Arsenal’s first team, but is enjoying the perks of life in a Premier League academy. At 17 he already has a boot deal with Adidas and boasts a 70,000 strong following on Instagram.

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