The Athletic’s Alex Stewart has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s Tifo Podcast about Southampton’ Nathan Redmond, arguing that the Saints arguably have better options at their disposal despite his match-winning performance at the weekend.
Redmond recently inspired Southampton to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup to secure a place in the semi-final against Leicester City.
Redmond scored twice and provided an assist for Moussa Djenepo, but Stewart is not convinced that the former Norwich City winger can consistently be a threat against other Premier League sides.
He said: “The thing that he’s very good at is carrying the ball, making these dynamic runs. I think what was so nice for the assist for Djenepo in this game on Saturday was the ability to pause and then release the ball at exactly the right moment.
“Sometimes, I think in the Premier League, we see Redmond is too hurried in his decision-making. So you still get the dynamism, you still get the ball-carrying threat, but then there’s a lack of end product from that.
“Maybe that’s because he had a little more time on Saturday against a defence that wasn’t perhaps at the same sort of level that you would regularly expect from a Premier League defence.”
Stewart went on to suggest that despite Redmond’s versatility, the Saints have better players in his various positions.
“I think that’s the problem with someone like Redmond; he has the ability every so often to change a game with a piece of skill or a piece of ball-carrying.
“But he’s not nailing anything down, and I think in every position that he could play, Southampton have better alternatives.”
Do you think Redmond is Premier League quality?
Yes, he is just inconsistent
No, he isn't good enough
TIF Thoughts on Redmond…
The Saints signed the 27-year-old from Norwich in the summer of 2016, and he has gone on to make 189 appearances for the club.
In the Premier League for both Norwich and Southampton, he has made 227 appearances, in which he has scored 26 goals and provided 19 assists, which is not the greatest record, so you can see why Stewart perhaps thinks he is more suited to playing against Championship opposition.
Looking at his record in the second tier, in 105 appearances, he scored 12 goals and provided 20 assists, which is pretty close to a goal contribution every three games.
However, despite this, he was brilliant on Saturday and was instrumental in his side reaching the semi-final, and we will be interested to see if he can replicate that form against the Foxes if given the nod by Ralph Hasenhuttl.