Nathan Redmond ready to be the leading man at Norwich City
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Nathan Redmond is ready to help soften the blow of Norwich City's growing midfield injury crisis.
Redmond, along with fellow teenagers Josh and Jacob Murphy, are now the only recognised wide players fit and available for Chris Hughton ahead of Crystal Palace's Premier League visit. City host the Eagles without international duo Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass, while Elliott Bennett is out until March as he steps up his recovery from knee injury.
Redmond started his first top flight game in two months at Newcastle in Snodgrass' absence and the 19-year-old feels he can step up to the mark.
'I am ready if called upon,' he said. 'With the injuries it is a bit unfortunate and disheartening for the squad but we have a good group. It is concerning to have so many injuries but we know they will be back and I feel I have adjusted quite well. There have been some ups and downs but I am here to learn and I feel this is the right club for me to learn at.
'I had a good run at the start of the season and when I came here I knew I would have to fight for my place. This is my first season coming from the Championship and I knew I would not be in the side all the way through and that I would have ins and outs, but that is all part of my development.'
Redmond's livewire cameos have already made him a firm crowd pleaser with the Carrow Road support.
'I don't know why the fans seem to like my game. My Mum asks me that question all the time,' he said. 'It is probably that buzz and excitement I can bring to the game with a trick or a run or a shot. I think a lot of the younger fans have taken a liking to me. Football is entertainment and fans come to see that and I am happy to do that. Palace should be a really enjoyable game. I'm not too sure we feel under any extra pressure in this game. We just want to go out and perform in front of a sell out crowd.'