Southampton supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times despite seeing their side concede a late leveller in the Premier League on Saturday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men looked set for all three points from their trip to Burnley after Nathan Redmond gave them a second half lead, only for an Ashley Barnes penalty deep into injury-time to secure a 1-1 draw for Sean Dyche’s Clarets. And while that late equaliser is sure to have frustrated some Saints fans, that is now five matches unbeaten for the South Coast outfit as they continue to build momentum in their battle to avoid Premier League relegation.
Thus, there are likely to be plenty of satisfied Southampton fans up and down the country despite that late blow on Saturday, with winger Redmond likely to be coming in for much praise such has been his turnaround under the guidance of new manager Hasenhuttl.
In fact, the England international has now bagged 15 goals and laid on nine assists for the Saints since his £12.15 million move (as per Transfermarkt) back in the summer of 2016, with the 24-year-old now finally beginning to pay some of that transfer fee back.
Ultimately, the winger arrived at St Mary’s two-and-a-half years ago off the back of successive impressive seasons with Norwich City, the latter of which seeing the 24-year-old net six times in the Premier League, only for the Canaries to eventually lose their top-flight status.
Yet Redmond didn’t by making the move to Southampton that summer, for whom he made a decent start with seven goals in his first season at St Mary’s, thus helping Claude Puel’s side finish tenth in the Premier League table, as well as reach the final of the EFL Cup – they were unfortunate to lose to Manchester United that day.
However, the Englishman struggled to replicate that level of performance last season in netting only once in the league as the Saints just about avoided relegation to the Championship, and he didn’t start this season particularly well either in failing to net at all in the Premier League prior to Hasenhuttl’s arrival in December.
Yet the one-time England international has since been reborn under the Austrian having netted three goals and laid on two assists in nine league games for the South Coast outfit, with the 24-year-old fulfilling a more advanced central role to good effect in Hasenhuttl’s system.
And with three goals in their FA Cup clashes against Derby County, albeit they were knocked out by the Rams in a replay, it’s clear just how big an impact Hasenhuttl has had on Redmond – he wasn’t even close to this level in the 12 months prior to the Austrian’s arrival.
And while his first season at St Mary’s was reasonably impressive, things certainly went off the boil in recent years to call into question the money spent on the winger – but with Hasenhuttl clearly building something at Southampton, and Redmond looking set to be a big part of it, the 24-year-old is slowly but surely paying that £12.15 million fee back.
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