Chris Hughton promises more to come from Norwich City’s young guns after Saints’ Premier League success
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Chris Hughton is promising there is more to come from Norwich City's youth brigade after Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond starred in the 1-0 Premier League win over Southampton.
Redmond's thunderous 68th minute finish from Fer's raking crossfield pass sealed a first top flight of the new campaign for the Canaries. Redmond was a potent outlet throughout at Carrow Road with Fer underlining his versatility paired in tandem with Bradley Johnson to help City establish a degree of control in a key battleground. Hughton is backing the Dutch international to flourish once he adjusts fully to the demands of the English game.
'We have to remember he came back a little bit later than the others over the summer after playing with Holland and being involved with the Under-21s,' said Hughton. 'We are learning more about him each week and with each training session that passes. As much as you can scout players you only really learn more about them when you bring them in and they start to train with you. I thought he was very good. He had a really good all-round game. You have to be solid in the middle of the park with the way they pass the ball but I also felt he showed some good quality when he was in possession.'
Redmond has been writing his own headlines since bursting onto the scene at Birmingham and Hughton admits his game is maturing at a rapid rate.
'We were delighted to have brought him here. You never know how it will go but what I did know is I have a very talented player and we have to manage him well this season,' he said. 'He is a very level-headed young man, he likes to train but what he also accepts is it is more important what he does for the team. First and foremost he wants to work hard and he can give us an attacking threat. I understand when a young player is in really good form there will be interest in him, that is normal, but we have all been around long enough to know that with young players they can have highs and lows and you have to be sure to look after them in the right ways, but his career heading in an upward spiral. He didn't play too many games at the start of last season but his form was very good over the second part and he carried that form into pre-season with us.'
Hughton felt justice despite genuine penalty claims for either side in a tight affair.
'I think in the end over 90 minutes we deserved the win,' he said. 'They had to go for it in that last period and the game became very open. I think they'll have a good season. They have so much fluidity in the front four players they will be a threat to most teams this season. To get a clean sheet against this team is a big achievement.
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'I was led to believe both the handball incidents on another day could have been penalties. The (Bradley) Johnson one it is hard to ask a player to jump with their arms by their side and also when they are so close to the strike. 'Certainly I did think the one in the last minute with the challenge on Robert Snodgrass was a penalty but it didn't affect the result.'