Nathan Redmond’s talent has never been in doubt following his early career and then his arrival at Southampton but having been moved around the pitch in an effort to widen his game and his impact, our struggles in the Premier League have taken their toll on his performances.
He’s obviously not alone in that.
Under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl though there’s been a clear and decisive improvement in his game and his productivity on the pitch has seen four goals in the last six games, along with two assists in the last seven.
The 24-year-old came in for good praise following the victory over Leicester City and Hasenhuttl believes that he has now rounded his game off, and more importantly is approaching his role as a team player and not somebody who takes it easy or hampers themselves by trying to do everything.
Speaking to the Daily Echo this week with buildup continuing to Everton at the weekend, our Austrian said of Redmond.
“That’s a new Nathan Redmond. It was not cool for him, it was really hard working. That’s what I want to see from him.”
Adding when questioned if the player had been less selfish.
“That’s a good word, I agree. I have spoken with him and he has seen that in this team it’s 100 per cent necessary to not get comfortable. Others close your gaps, they help you, they hurt themselves to help you. That’s the way to be in this team.”
With the turn in our form and general performance levels, Redmond has shown just how key he is to seeing that continue, and he keeps on track now and keeps improving, we’ll simply see the benefits of that moving forward.