Nathan Redmond looking to drive Norwich City forward ahead of 22nd birthday
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Nathan Redmond hits the grand old age of 22 come Sunday – but there is only one present the Norwich City winger wants to kick-off his birthday weekend celebrations.
“I’d like three points first and foremost, to make a happier weekend – I’d like that,” he smiled.
Norwich head to south Wales on Saturday to face relegation rivals Swansea, and Redmond’s well-taken fifth goal of the season came in Tuesday’s galling Carrow Road defeat to Chelsea.
That maintained the England Under-21 international’s place as the Canaries’ leading goalscorer this term – albeit with a modest tally. But perhaps more eye-catching was Redmond’s second-half willingness to drive Norwich forward in their continuing search for top-flight survival.
A winless run of eight league games has left Alex Neil’s men in the Premier League drop zone – but Redmond’s belief remains that City will turn that scenario around before the season is done, and he is happy to be one of those carrying that responsibility.
He said: “I came here at 19, I’m 22 on Sunday, I’ve been here three years now and had some growing up to do in that time – off the pitch and on the pitch too. If the responsibility falls on me then it falls on me. I don’t really see it like that though. I just see it that if I’m playing, I need to go out there and create chances and score goals for my team, so that we remain in the Premier League.”
With 10 games left, the looming sensation of time running out for City isn’t going to go anywhere soon.
Redmond said: “I’d like for it to click sooner rather than later. But we’ve just got to keep being as resilient as we were in the second half against Chelsea – we were a bit open but we dealt with them and created a lot of chances. We looked threatening.
“We’ve got to keep going – we can’t give up on it. We’ve got to fight, and that’s one thing the fans need to see from all of us, especially at home.”
Redmond added: “I’m just trying to give my all. It had been a while since I scored so I needed that, and it’s only made me hungrier to get another one.”