Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond stole the show last weekend as we welcomed high flying Wolverhampton Wanderers to St Mary’s Stadium and took victory.
25-year-old Redmond opened the scoring two minutes into the game as he connected with Josh Sims’ delivery, and he completed his brace and restored our advantage on the half hour mark before Shane Long tied the game up with just under 20 minutes remaining.
With the two goals taking Redmond to eight goals for the season as he begins to really shine and kick on under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in the more central attacking position he now occupies, BBC pundit Garth Crooks rewarded his efforts on Saturday with a place in his Team of the Week selection.
“This lad scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in the victory again Wolves – another team suffering from an FA Cup semi-final hangover – but it should have been his 17th and 18th. Redmond has all the right pieces of the jigsaw but sadly not all in the right places. Ability, pace and vision are essential components of any forward but if Redmond could add finishing with any kind of regularity to his repertoire then he’d be at a top four club.”
It’s a bold call from Crooks, but he does seem to slightly underestimate the season we’ve had and the fact that Redmond is developing well following his positional switch. The fact all eight of his goals have come since Hasenhuttl has arrived at the club should tell you everything you need to know about the upward curve he is on, and on that front, Crooks does that development a disservice in his choice of words and the lack of looking at the bigger picture.