This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 27, 11:21am), Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond is set to be offered a bumper new contract by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, and it’s no less than he deserves after a brilliant 2018/19 season.
Well, The Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 27, 11:21am) report that the south coast outfit are ready to hand the 25-year-old improved terms, with his current deal due to run out in 2021.
The report included some words of backing from the Austrian as you can see above, and it is no surprise given the big improvement that was seen from the former Norwich City man after the 51-year-old was appointed at the beginning of December.
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Firstly, the England international has completely justified an extension given his scintillating form at times last term, but Saints also need to get him tied down to a longer contract to protect his value should bigger clubs come calling in the future.
Redmond was something of a talisman going forward for the south coast outfit throughout the previous campaign, but he really came to life under Hasenhuttl in the second half of the season especially.
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His pace, work rate and dribbling ability – he successfully completed 91 of the 166 he attempted in the Premier League – meant he fitted into his manager’s ethos perfectly, and he often caused chaos for opposition defenders with his direct style.
All six of his goals and his four assists in 38 top flight matches came following the Austrian’s arrival at St Mary’s, to show his remarkable turnaround of form from when he was working under Mark Hughes previously.
Finding that end product in terms of finding the net and setting up his teammates is something that has been a long time coming, and big things will of course be expected from the supporters – who voted him as their 2018/19 Player of the Season – when the new campaign gets underway in August.