Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond says he is “allowed to play with freedom” with England Under-21s

Nathan Redmond celebrates after scoring England Under-21s' first goal during the 2015 UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Picture: Scott Heavey/PA Wire Nathan Redmond celebrates after scoring England Under-21s' first goal during the 2015 UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Picture: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
10:11 AM

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond says his success with the England Under-21s has come because he is “allowed to play with freedom” with Gareth Southgate’s team.

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Redmond scored a hat-trick for the England Under-21s in a 3-1 win against Wales in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium last night.

That was a fifth goal in 10 games at Under-21 level for the 20-year-old, yet he managed just one goal for the Canaries in the Premier League last season.

Redmond, speaking to the BBC after last night’s game, said: “When I come here I’m allowed to play with freedom and with the talented players we’ve got, in training we are given the belief and faith to go and express ourselves on the pitch.

“And it showed tonight on the pitch that when we are given the ball, with the players that we’ve got throughout the whole team, it pays off.”

Redmond joined City from Birmingham City last summer for a reported fee of £3.2million, joining up with his former manager Chris Hughton.

He showed plenty of promise throughout the season, but in 39 appearances in all competitions only found the back of the net once, scoring the winner in a 1-0 home win against Southampton in August.

In his 23 Premier League starts, and 11 appearances as a substitute, Redmond fired in 66 shots to end the season with an average rate of 1.9 shots per game.

According to www.whoscored.com that ranked Redmond 39th for average shots per game in the entire league – with City team-mate Robert Snodgrass the highest ranking Canary in 21st, with 71 shots in his 30 league games, scoring six times, to end with an average of 2.4 shots per game.

The statistics prove that Redmond needs to improve his finishing if he is to fulfil his undoubted potential, with Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate happy to sing the praises of his hat-trick hero last night.

“The one area of his game he is looking to add is goals, and I think we are able to give him the freedom to play in more advanced areas,” Southgate told Sky Sports.

“I thought he was such a handful all night.

“We have got three or four players that if we can get in one-versus-one situations, then they are devastating in attack. Tonight, his finishing matched the rest of his game.”

Redmond signed a four-year contract with City last summer so a sizeable transfer fee is likely to be needed to persuade the Canaries to sell the youngster after their relegation to the Premier League.

Do you think City will hold on to Redmond this summer? Or do you think City should sell the youngster if an acceptable offer comes in? Leave your comments below.

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15 comments

  • 'When I come here I’m allowed to play with freedom and with the talented players we’ve got, in training we are given the belief and faith to go and express ourselves on the pitch' It makes me wonder then why he followed Hughton. He must have had some faith in him otherwise he would have gone somewhere else. He needs a better mentor perhaps, someone who is willing to let him express some creativity, who is able to direct him and harness his skills. Given his age you can forgive him putting his faith in someone who probably let him down, but if he's right, he seems to be learning from his mistakes. Hughton inspired dogmatism. Let's hope that the next manager is good enough to persuade him he can develop at Norwich, otherwise he will likely want out. I'd hardly describe him as petulant though

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Redmond remind me a bit of Huckerby, cutting in from the left wing an having a go at goal. Didn't see it that much but think he is capable of this. City need to keep him for next season,he will score goals

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    artexer

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Let us hope that whoever we get as manager, he makes a real attempt to develop our players. Redmond was one of those who should have benefited from good coaching to develop his skills, something that did not happen during this last season.

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    andy

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Let's face it. His final ball was atrocious all season, whether it was a cross, a pass or a shot. He is great at running at defences but he has to improve his end product. He can't blame CH for the shots that hit the scoreboard or the crosses that ended up in Row Z.

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    SplatTheCat

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • One by one and in their own way the players are letting us know how they felt under last seasons coaches.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • He will be on the move soon

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I don't think the talented players bit was a barb aimed at his Norwich team mates. He has always come across as a pretty modest chap and I think it was simply acknowledging his team mates in the U21 squad. Could be wrong of course.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Yes there was a definite barb, possibly 2. We all (including me!) would like to think that he'll stay because Hughton has gone but what about the 2nd part of his comment about "talented players"?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • CovCanary - just what I was going to say. There is no doubt the tactics last season led to our relegation. We definately need to keep Redmond next season, hes is quick and will run at defenders and under a new manager, he will undoubtedly get more goals.

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    FXT Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • If Redmond is sold it will be a sure sign we are back to the same old Norwich and undermine any idea that being debt free makes a difference.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Not difficult to spot the barb that's hidden in his interview. Adds to the view that Norwich players were suppressed and held back by CH's tactics. Hopefully he will stay and our new manager will know how to get the best out of him.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I,ve said here many times we have a wonderful prospect in Redmond. This article is a little bit naughty. Two of the goals were deflected. That little bit of luck the Norwich never had all season. Also I was in Wales. Redmond was on the LEFT wing for most of the game.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Surely if City are serious about getting Premiership football again they must hold on to players who are developing and get rid of the below par players.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Good for him. Let's get sorted a.s.a.p. so we can get on with getting back to the PL with Nathan on board.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Would be very interesting copare shots on target between Redmond's 66 and Snodgrass's 71 shots last season. Not sure he scored more for England as he is allowed to play with freedom, or because he actually got 3 on target.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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