Southampton produced an extremely disappointing display as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Europa League-bound West Ham on the final afternoon of the Premier League season.
Two goals from Pablo Fornals and one from Declan Rice secured a comfortable win for David Moyes’ side, whilst the Saints missed plenty of chances and produced some woeful defending, which ensured that they would finish the season in 15th.
One man who was getting plenty of stick for his performance on Twitter during the game was Nathan Redmond, but in reality, he was one of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s best performers at the London Stadium.
As per SofaScore, the former Norwich City man would earn an impressive 7.4/10 rating for his performance, which was the best of any Southampton play to feature on Sunday.
During the game, the 27-year-old winger would have 53 touches of the ball and would complete 26/30 of his passes, resulting in a solid 87% pass accuracy, which is an improvement on the 76.8% accuracy he averaged in the Premier League across the season.
Impressively, seven of those passes were key passes, as he was definitely Southampton’s most creative player against the Hammers, as this was only one less than the rest of the team combined, and is also significantly more than the one key pass he averaged per game this season.
The winger looked very dangerous at times, as he completed five out of his seven dribble attempts and also impressively won seven of his duels, whereas Stuart Armstrong on the opposite flank would contribute two key passes, two dribbles and three successful duels, yet he is rarely criticised by the Southampton faithful.
Therefore, it definitely seems fair to suggest that Redmond is often scapegoated by Southampton fans, as whilst he has had a poor season overall, his performance against West Ham on the final day should be praised rather than criticised.
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