Once regarded as an excellent young talent, Nathan Redmond is now 24 years of age, and with his ability, should probably be pushing for a spot in the senior England team.
That is not the case as things stand though, and there is no getting away from the fact that he has only scored eight Premier League goals in 69 matches for Southampton.
The 5ft 8in tall Redmond did manage eight goals in all competitions for the Saints during the 2016-17 season, but only netted once for the English club last term, and faced criticism from his team’s supporters.
It is about time that the winger kicked on, and he was lively in Southampton’s goalless draw with Burnley in the opening weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.
The Southampton fans have been discussing Redmond on social media, and it seems that many are confident the 5ft 8in attacker will thrive under new head coach Mark Hughes this term.
Redmond will certainly be looking to improve on his goal tally this season, but there is little doubting that he has the ability to operate at this level of football.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the expectant Southampton fans can be seen below:
He was excellent throughout. His ability was never in doubt and the goal against Everton (last season) probably lifted a weight. I hope those that got on his back keep their traps shut going forward & I have no worries that he’ll be a first team starter all season
— Saint Aidan (@aidanrudd) August 13, 2018
New haircut seemed to improve his performance. #saintsfc looked lively
— Tommy (@we8pompey84) August 12, 2018
Much better performance for me, still needs to act a bit quicker with his descions imo, Hughes has a lot of faith in him as he kept MG & DI on the bench, hopefully he pushes on and keeps improving
— Jamie pang (@jamiepang) August 12, 2018
He’s the kind of player who’d have been an England regular had he played under Poch or Koeman. He’s a confidence player. So I think Hughes will definitely change him this year for the better as he’s a great man manager too #SaintsFC
— Martin Ferguson (@MartFergie) August 13, 2018
Great performance from him today! I have always thought he suits us better on the right, lets hope it keeps getting better!
— Ian Thompson (@ianthompson08) August 13, 2018
Would love to see him flourish this season, but still has a lot to iron out – especially being more clinical in his actions on the ball. Liked what I saw today, minus the occasional lapses in concentration!
— Matthew Lomas (@Saintmat24) August 12, 2018
Like the whole team he improved once we went 442. He has ability, but I have always worried re his football head / decision making. In his half hour cameo Elyounissi looked sharper and smarter mover. Hopefully both will fire.
— Shaun Saintly (@Shaunsaint1976) August 13, 2018