Jan Valery was rewarded for his fine development at Southampton with a new contract this week, and his comments in light of the deal suggested that two senior figures have positively influenced his development.
Following a string of fine performances at right-back, Valery was handed a new deal on Thursday which will keep him at St Mary’s until 2023.
In light of his decision to sign fresh terms with the club, Valery spoke to Southampton’s official website about his progression and how a handful of senior figures have catalysed his notable improvement.
Naturally, Ralph Hasenhuttl was singled out for individual praise, but the academy product also made an intriguing revelation about Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond.
“Before the games they talk to me always and tell me ‘Be confident,’ ‘Do this, or do that,’ – against Man United, on the pitch, Charlie and Redders told me ‘Next time, when you’ve got the ball, take one touch and sometimes cross or shoot’ and I actually did that and scored.”
That Redmond, valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt, is actively helping less experienced individuals on the field of play points towards a wider overarching theme.
The 25-year-old is not the finished article himself but, as someone who has struggled to fulfil his potential in his career so far, he is well placed to appreciate how vital it is for the next generation to receive advice from senior figures within the squad.
With that said, it’s fair to assume that Redmond will be offering a similar level of wisdom to Josh Sims, who was a game-changing substitute for Southampton in their second-half turnaround against Tottenham last week weekend, as the 21-year-old winger bids to break into the first-team.
Like Redmond, Sims is a dynamic winger who possesses the type of explosive flair which Hasenhuttl likes to see from his forward players, and their stylistic similarities suggest the former is an ideal role model for the latter.
If he also listens to Redmond’s advice, just as Valery did against Man United, he could blossom into a fantastic talent in the coming years.