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For Southampton midfielder Nathan Redmond, the thought of a second senior international call-up would have seemed a million miles away just two years ago.
Struggling for form under previous Saints managers Mauricio Pellegrino and Mark Hughes, the former Birmingham City wide man was dropped from Southampton’s starting line-up altogether, something he opened up about during an interview with The Guardian earlier this year.
Redmond’s career on the south coast had flatlined to say the least. That was until a change in the hot seat at St. Mary’s saw Ralph Hasenhuttl take over, completely transforming the winger – bereft of any real confidence if that interview is anything to go off – into the club’s second-top scorer last season, as well as the man to have provided the most assists.
His performances throughout the second half of last season saw him called up to Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad ahead of this summer’s UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal, though he was unfortunate to miss the final cut alongside his Southampton teammate James Ward-Prowse.
Redmond famously drew praise from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during Southampton’s battle with the Sky Blues two seasons ago. The Spanish manager says that he wanted Redmond to ‘attack his team more’ after his team had narrowly beaten Southampton 2-1 at the Etihad.
“It’s so complicated when teams defend with 10 players,” said Guardiola. “I said to Nathan: ‘You are a good player and you have to attack.'” (via BBC Sport).
It is clear that the 24-year-old has a huge amount of quality at his disposal. This season alone he has averaged 2.3 shots on goal, 1.3 key passes and 2.7 successful dribbles per game, per WhoScored, ranking 14th highest in the Premier League as things stand.
At a reported £12m, Hasenhuttl really is making the most of that 2016 outlay, with the player now rated at £18m by Transfermarkt.
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