With Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond helping himself to a brace in our last Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 25-year-old has obviously come in for significant praise following his performance.
The former Norwich City winger has been on an upward curve since manager Ralph Hasenhuttl came into the club and he’s playing with confidence and producing regularly on the pitch for us as we battle to survival in the top flight, and Redmond now boasts eight goals and three assists so far in 2018/19.
Speaking to the Daily Echo following his most recent 90 minutes, our Austrian gaffer said he felt he has a ‘special relationship’ with the player and the professional understanding they have quickly built up has been proven by his increase in form.
“I show him what we need in his position that he plays and show him that he can be the guy who makes the difference. He was waiting a long time for a goal but I know it was only a question of time until he scored again and then he was in the right place and very clinical and a good performance. It’s a little bit of everything (motivation). Sometimes giving him a smooth shoulder and sometimes criticise him if I don’t like what he’s doing. We have a special relationship I think and he knows I demand a lot from him, not only if he has the ball but also if he works against the ball. He shows in every game he is learning and he’s getting better.”
All of Redmond’s goals have come since Hasenhuttl arrived and whether it is the knack he has for an arm one minute, or a rollocking the next, long may his upward curve continue.