Southampton progressed into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night after beating Everton 4-3 on penalties at Goodison Park in a game manager Mark Hughes can take plenty of positives from.
And one aspect of the match that would have pleased the Southampton boss is the performance of Nathan Redmond.
The Englishman set up Danny Ings for the opener in the 44th minute and his overall display was one of much promise and could help change the complexion of Southampton’s season.
After initially setting St. Mary’s alight following his arrival from Norwich City back in the summer of 2016, Redmond’s form dipped drastically with the 24-year-old having only managed to score one league goal in the previous campaign.
Nevertheless, even with such a poor goal return, £16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Redmond is still a quality player who possesses much technical ability and can offer plenty to Southampton this term.
Other than new signing Mohamed Elyounoussi, who has yet to make much of an impact since joining the club, Redmond is the only other real winger Hughes has at his disposal.
And it is time for the Southampton boss to start utilising the former Norwich man more often in the Premier League with Sunday’s game against Chelsea presenting a great opportunity to kick things off.
While the Blues have started off the campaign well under new manager Maurizio Sarri, there are weaknesses in their team, weaknesses that Redmond can exploit.
Full-back, in particular, where both Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have shown defensive vulnerabilities, is the area Southampton can look to hurt on the counter-attack with Redmond being the perfect weapon to use thanks to his pace and dribbling ability.
Ultimately, going forward, if Redmond can pick up from where he left off against Everton and rediscover the form he showed under previous Saints boss Claude Puel, then it could be a game changer in the club’s season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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