Increased goal return thrills flourishing Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond of Norwich scores his side's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at t

Nathan Redmond of Norwich scores his side's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

For much of Nathan Redmond's first two seasons with Norwich City there were questions about his end product – and the wing wizard is thrilled to be providing definitive answers.

The 21-year-old scored after coming on as a substitute in the opening-day loss to Crystal Palace, earning himself a return to the starting line-up against Sunderland.

He took full advantage of that reward as well by putting in an exciting performance full of trademark pace and trickery, as well as another goal, courtesy of a wonderful one-two with Wes Hoolahan.

That strike took his tally to five goals in City's last six league games, either side of the summer break, to keep the Wembley hero's confidence sky high.

'This is my fifth season in senior football and I'm only 21, and I've said all along that I want to score more goals,' Redmond said.

'My assists have kind of taken care of themselves over the years but I've always wanted to score more goals. I'm sure if you spoke to any of the boys they'd tell you the same, that I'm always on to myself to score more goals.

'So this year I've just kind of kept my head down and worked hard on the training ground and I'm finding myself in good positions, which is down to the gaffer (Alex Neil) teaching me tactically.'

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Redmond also scored for England at the European Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic in the summer – being named in Uefa's team of the tournament despite the Young Lions' exit at the group stage.

'I worked hard in training so I got back into the swing of things, with my sharpness since I came back from England, and I missed the first game just through not being tactically sharp,' he continued.

'But the gaffer should his faith in me and I repaid him with another goal and a good performance – but you have to put the team first before yourself.'

With early signs suggesting he is now ready to prove his abilities in the Premier League, the former Birmingham City youngster's decision to stick with the Canaries following relegation in 2014 is starting to be rewarded.

The winger added: 'I'm 21 at the end of the day and there's not many young English players playing week in, week out in the Championship, let alone the Premier League so I'm grateful to be in the position to work hard every day and play.

'It's paid off, the way we went up last year through the play-offs, and not many can say they've done it through the play-offs, so that was an extremely fantastic moment for myself and the boys.'

Redmond also credits those Championship experiences last season with helping City to win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, allowing Alex Neil's side to shake off their opening-day disappointment.

'You've got to move on as quickly as possible, you can't dwell on it,' Redmond said.

'We learned that last year in the Championship, with it being a Saturday game, Tuesday game, Saturday game. We had no time to dwell on games and that kind of helped us. We put it to bed Monday and focused on this game.'

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