Date: 16th August 2018 at 7:00am
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Southampton opened up the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a point against Burnley last weekend, but one man has been tipped for far greater improvement as the year goes ahead after falling behind his own early standards last season.

Nathan Redmond has never been an out and out goal scorer, but he certainly chips in. Former manager Mauricio Pellergino thought otherwise and gave him a more central role and it didn’t quite work out for him or us despite some promising moments.

The 24-year-old did show some sparks of getting back to his best against Burnley though and given the expectations that surround his clear talent, once he clocks it for club, he should get the call for his country.

Some Southampton fans this think year will be the year that changes his career after Burnley such was their impression of the man, but I’d temper that with he does what he does well, people need to stop expecting something different. He’s not a goalscorer and giving him that mantle helped hold him back.

So let’s not repeat the same mistake based on one reasonable showing…let’s let him do what he does best.

The confidence comment is spot on from where I sit, he flies when he’s flying and he’s always been the same at previous clubs. He shrinks, as do plenty during struggles and Southampton had plenty of them last season. So let’s make it simple – give him the ball, attack, and see what happens.

 

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