Having almost lost their Premier League status last season after being caught up in a relegation battle, Southampton’s likely goal for the upcoming campaign will be to steer well clear from the drop zone. And with players of Nathan Redmond’s ability, they should not be anywhere near there.
Since promotion to the Premier League back in 2012, Southampton were rarely ever in danger of going back down to the Championship. In fact, the Saints have probably even over-performed during their return to English football’s top division having finished as high as 6th place, securing Europa League qualification in the process.
However, constant sells of the club’s best players, the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton, sacking of Claude Puel and appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino have seen Southampton go backwards.
Despite losing many of their key players, Southampton have a squad that should not have been near the foot of the Premier League table when Mark Hughes took over in March.
In Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina and £16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Redmond to name a few, Southampton have the quality to be finishing at least mid-table. And the latter, in particular, is someone Hughes must use this forthcoming season.
Redmond started off his career at St. Mary’s extremely well, but his form has only continued to dwindle since with Puel’s sacking – a manager who had installed a lot of faith and belief into the 24-year-old – having a massive impact.
Nevertheless, Redmond still has an abundance of quality and is the sort of player that can make an impact from the start of games or from the bench with his blistering pace.
With Dusan Tadic having already left the club and Sofiane Boufal expected to follow, other than new signing Mohamed Elyounoussi, Southampton are not blessed with an array of attacking options.
Furthermore, even with further additions, Hughes should utilise the talented Redmond.