Much to the relief of everyone at Southampton, the Saints managed to secure their first Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 win over Leeds United at St. Mary’s thanks to a goal from on-loan striker Armando Broja after drawing four and losing three of their opening seven league games of their 2021/22 campaign.
Even though the striker managed to score the winning goal and deliver Southampton’s first league win of the campaign, one player that stood out to us in the match was Nathan Redmond, who assisted Broja’s strike.
During the victory against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, Redmond managed to have one shot on target which came after some brilliant interlinking play on the edge of the area.
On top of that, he successfully completed all four dribble attempts, made a whopping six key passes and produced five accurate crosses during a supreme creative display. Furthermore, the winger won five out of the seven ground duels he was involved in, ultimately earning himself an impressive overall match rating of 8.5/10, making him the highest-rated Southampton player on the day according to SofaScore.
Taking into account how Redmond, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £60k-per-week according to Spotrac, had failed to score a goal or provide an assist for the Saints in the league prior to the Leeds win, despite playing in all but one of their matches, shows how important this assist was, not just for the team as a whole but for him individually.
Since joining the club back in the 2016 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club for an undisclosed fee believed to be worth £10m, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 208 appearances for the Saints across all competitions in which he has managed to score 28 goals and provide 23 assists along the way.
Additionally, only James Ward-Prowse (119) and Jan Bednarek (111) have made more appearances for Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl than Redmond (104), proving how vital he has been for the Saints in recent years under the Austrian’s guidance.
Looking ahead to the rest of the campaign, if Redmond and the Saints can build on this win against Leeds and keep picking up positive results on a consistent basis, then they could put their poor start to the season behind them and cast away any doubts over being involved in a potential relegation battle.