Arsenal's Reiss Nelson has hit the ground running in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim. - © © imago
Arsenal's Reiss Nelson has hit the ground running in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim. - © © imago
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Reiss Nelson, Jadon Sancho and more: A history of English goalscorers in the Bundesliga

Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson scored what promises to be the first of many on his Bundesliga debut for Hoffenheim on Matchday 3.

The England U20 international hit the back of the net with his first effort on goal in the 2-1 defeat to Fortuna Düsseldorf, becoming only the seventh Englishman to score in Germany's top tier. bundesliga.com shines a light on the first six...

Watch: Reiss Nelson reflects on his debut Bundesliga goal

Jadon Sancho

Age: 18
Club: Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho has set tongues wagging with almost every ball he’s kicked in the Bundesliga since joining Borussia Dortmund from the Manchester City youth set-up in summer 2017. Granted, he’s only made 14 appearances, but there’s no arguing with the teenage winger’s record of a goal or assist every 105 minutes.

Sancho opened his account in a match against Bayer Leverkusen on 21 April 2018, collecting a pass from a certain Christian Pulisic and curling a fine effort into the bottom corner. In the process, he became the youngest Englishman - both overall and in Dortmund history - to score in the Bundesliga. He’s also laid on five assists.

Ademola Lookman

Age: 20
Club: Everton
Previous clubs: Charlton Athletic, RB Leipzig

Picking up Sancho’s trail, Ademola Lookman jumped at the chance to spend the second half of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign on loan at RB Leipzig from English Premier League side Everton. The England U21 international wasted no time in ingratiating himself with the RBL masses, stepping off the bench to score a debut winner against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 3 February 2018.

Lookman struck again in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen and put two past Wolfsburg, before adding to his tally in a 6-2 rout of Hertha Berlin that sealed Leipzig’s place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds on the final day of the season. In total, the Everton ace chimed in with five goals and three assists in 11 Bundesliga outings.

Watch: Lookman scored two and claimed two assists on his Bundesliga swansong

Owen Hargreaves

Age: 37 (retired)
Previous clubs: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City

Some 12 years, 11 months and 13 days sandwiched Sancho’s maiden Bundesliga goal and the last English effort in the German top flight. Calgary-born Owen Hargreaves was the scorer, bringing the curtain up on the 2005/06 campaign with the opener in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over old rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach.

It was the former England international’s fifth and final Bundesliga goal, a modest return spread over 145 Bundesliga appearances. Hargreaves broke his duck at the 58th attempt in January 2003 with his first of three career Bundesliga strikes against Gladbach. The four-time Bundesliga winner put his other two past Hannover. Talk about favoured opposition.

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