All business for Nathan Redmond ahead of Norwich City reunion

Nathan Redmond scored his first goal for Norwich City to beat Southampton in August 2013. Picture by

Nathan Redmond scored his first goal for Norwich City to beat Southampton in August 2013. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Nathan Redmond is putting personal sentiment to one side in a bid to get Southampton's season back on track in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Carrow Road.

Redmond headed to the south-coast in a reported £11m move last summer following Norwich's Premier League relegation. The 22-year-old is looking forward to what would be a first competitive return this weekend after three years with the Canaries, who gave him a chance on the big stage and one of the best days of his career in the Championship play-off triumph over Middlesbrough at Wembley.

'It should be good going back there and seeing some old faces and some old teammates but we've got a game to focus on and we're preparing for that,' he said.

'I didn't see the draw straight away, I got a few texts from a few people back in Norwich and a few friends as well asking if I was looking forward to going back. It will be a nice atmosphere, especially for myself going back to Carrow Road, so I'm looking forward to it.'

Saints' chief Claude Puel has pledged to shake up his starting line up after losing the last three league games. Redmond had been an ever-present until his recent red card against Tottenham, scoring three goals in 19 Premier League appearances, but the England Under-21 starlet knows this is the start of a massive few days. Southampton host Liverpool next week in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final after travelling to Norfolk.

'We've gone on a strong run in the League Cup getting to the semi-finals and we'll try to put our all into this tie as well,' he said, speaking to his club's official site. 'Norwich will be in full spirits but we've got to hit the ground running and there's no better place to start getting wins by getting one in the cup. We've got to get a win and then hopefully we can transfer that into the league, but this is the game we're focusing on now.

'It happens in every team where you get good spells and bad spells, with good form and bad bits of form from players. We're all in it together. The most important thing is about the lads in the dressing room sticking together.'

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