Back in the summer window of 2016, Southampton sealed a deal to bring Nathan Redmond to St Mary’s.
The 24-year-old had been playing his football at Championship side Norwich City prior to securing a reported £10 million move to the South Coast outfit, thus returning to the Premier League after suffering relegation with the Canaries in the 2015/16 campaign.
And, unsurprisingly, his arrival at St Mary’s stimulated quite a positive response from Saints fans on Twitter back in 2016, with many clearly very excited by the prospect of Redmond turning out for their club…
get in some positive news welcome @NathanRedmond22 to our fantastic club look forward to you tearing up the premier league
— IngTastic (@kevvie_geeSFC) June 25, 2016
Yes!! Get in! Welcome, Nathan!!
— SaintCirce #FBGC (@SaintCirce) June 25, 2016
— Mark clutterbrook (@MClutterbrook) June 25, 2016
well happy with that, great signing
— Simon Dibden (@DibdenSimon) June 25, 2016
brilliant signing. Now for his boss to get announced.
— Matthew Elsey (@saintmatt) June 25, 2016
@premierleague awesome buy
— Akindéle issa weirdo (@akindele_gold) June 25, 2016
yeah for £35million to flop whilst we sign someone better lol. Good luck
— Matt Turner (@Matt_Turner_) June 25, 2016
Yet, while there have been glimpses of promise from the 24-year-old, he has on the whole underwhelmed during his time at Southampton to suggest those Saints fans somewhat jumped the gun back in 2016.
Ultimately, the winger arrived at St Mary’s having produced the goods for Norwich in the years previous, netting six times to help the Canaries win promotion from the Championship back in 2014/15, before bagging six the season after as they returned to the top-flight, only to suffer an immediate return to the second tier.
And he translated that goal-scoring form into his first season at Southampton as well in scoring eight times in all competitions for Claude Puel’s side, seven of which coming in the Premier League, which is form that unsurprisingly earned him his senior England debut in March 2017.
Thus, many would have expected Redmond to kick on after that and really prove his worth to both club and country, but it simply hasn’t happened given he has since failed to appear for the Three Lions, which is likely down to the fact that he scored just once in 31 Premier League games for the Saints last season.
Yes, he was part of a Southampton team that were poor for much of the season and struggled in the final third, but that is when players of the ilk of Redmond are needed to step up to the plate and get the side out of a hole – he simply didn’t do that.
The 24-year-old has so far started all four of their league games this term to suggest that he remains an important part of things at St Mary’s, but such was the optimism and anticipation following his arrival, Saints fans would surely have hoped for more from the winger in the last two years.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!