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Redmond must step up at Southampton after Elyounoussi injury

Redmond must step up at Southampton after Elyounoussi injury

Southampton take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday as they look to get their first three points of the season on the board.

However, Saints boss Mark Hughes could be without one of his new signings for the trip to Merseyside.

The Breakdown

Speaking on summer addition Mohammed Elyounoussi’s fitness in his pre-match press confrence, Hughes said: “Moi Elyounoussi got a bit tense in his hamstring. He trained with the physios and went better than the physios thought but we will see how he is.

“Even if he doesn’t have a reaction there is a feeling maybe we err on the side of safety but we will see.” (Daily Echo).

With Elyounoussi a doubt for Saturday’s clash, Hughes will be desperate for Nathan Redmond to step up.

The former Stoke City manager does not have a load of attacking options to choose from with Redmond being one of a very small pool he can look to.

£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Redmond, though, has struggled for form for some time now and last season the 24-year-old found the net on just one occasion in the Premier League.

After joining Southampton back in the summer of 2016 from Norwich City, Redmond initially started life well at St. Mary’s.

However, the standard of his performances started to decline and slumped even further once Claude Puel departed the club.

Nevertheless, the ex-Birmingham City player still possesses many good attacking qualities and is a player Hughes may have to lean heavily on this season.

But Redmond must start offering more, starting with the game against Everton should he be selected.

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