Norwich City boss Chris Hughton - Nathan Redmond can be a big asset
Chris Hughton believes Nathan Redmond could have the X-factor for Norwich City.
The 19-year-old has yet to make his Premier League career bow, but Hughton has seen enough for club and country to know what an asset the attacking wide player will prove for the Canaries.
Hughton was a key formative influence at Redmond's previous club Birmingham and the City chief feels the teenager has the pedigree to go right to the top after starring for the England Under-21s earlier this summer.
'I wasn't surprised because I know his abilities,' said Hughton. 'We hope one day he can go on and be a full international but all I can speak about and tell you about is his progress so far and at his age he has managed to get himself into a European campaign for the 21s. To make a full squad he will have to be playing well for us and performing for us. We would love to see that.'
Hughton is reluctant to heap any extra pressure on Redmond - who will feature on the club's three-date US tour after missing last week's first pre-season training camp in Austria - but the City chief accepts his versatility in advanced positions could be a major weapon.
'I think predominantly he has been used in the wider areas but the game has changed and you see numerous traditionally wide players used in different positions,' he said. 'I think even the role of the wide player has changed nowadays. Most teams who play with that position want them to play a bit narrower and receive the ball infield, but there were some occasions where we used Nathan off the front at Birmingham. It comes down to ability. I think he has the ability to play anywhere across that frontline, off the front or both wide areas. I had kept in contact with Nathan over the period since I left Birmingham and I was delighted to see him continue his development and now pleased that we are able to bring in.'