Each Sunday The Transfer Tavern will turn the spotlight on an upcoming starlet who could be the one of England’s brightest hopes over the next decade. Next up: Nathan Redmond of Birmingham City.
Nathan Redmond is a lesser known name to most in the game but it is one that has the Birmingham City fans excited. Despite interest from other clubs, Birmingham-born Redmond stayed true to his roots and signed on for the BCFC academy at an early age. Small and fast, Redmond can be described as a lightning quick right winger with the ability to beat his man. He featured in several U18 level games while he was still at secondary school, raising plenty of eyebrows about his future potential ability.
Redmond appeared for the first time in the Birmingham first team against Rochdale in the League Cup round 2 in 2010 and then City Alex McLeish was full of praise for him afterwards;
“He set it alight. His performance was very bright, quick, he got a couple of shots away. And it excited me. It was a really bright spark for us.
Has he got a big future? It looks like it. He’s electric. He’s a right winger but he showed his versatility coming in off the left and going in and hitting shots. He was a handful for Rochdale.”
Recently, Redmond travelled with the England U17 squad to the U17 World Cup, where he started the 2-2 draw with Canada and made substitute appearances against Argentina and Germany in the knock-out rounds.
When looking at the future of the England national team’s wing wonders, do not miss out the name of Nathan Redmond. Terry Westley, a youth coach he worked with at Birmingham, claims he is in the Ashley Young/Aaron Lennon mould – we all hope Westley is right.
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