Norwich’s Nathan Redmond continued to prove he’s one to watch with another impressive display against Swansea on Sunday.
A enduring injury crisis in midfield has forced boss Chris Hughton to reshuffle his starting eleven quite often, with Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass particular misses as the talismanic men out wide.
The Canaries came into this weekend’s encounter with the Swans just four point clear of the drop zone amidst inconsistent form that has made stringing together wins rather difficult.
Michael Laudrup’s men bossed the contest in terms of territory, claiming 63% of the possession, but Norwich did well to stay within themselves and execute a counter-attacking game plan that saw them out-shoot the Welsh outfit 16 to 10.
Redmond played a crucial role in proceedings for the hosts at Carrow Road, remaining a constant threat to hit on the break down the right flank and dragging defenders out of position to create more space for Gary Hooper.
The 19-year-old gave Ben Davies plenty of trouble and his presence never truly allowed Pablo Hernandez to express himself.
Defenders aside, he had the second most touches by a Norwich player with 56, trailing only the central Bradley Johnson in this area, in a testament to his availability, energy and impetus to get forward at every opportunity.
Three dribbles allowed him to leave the opposition in his wake in transit, whilst he also went for goal himself on a trio of occasions to twice narrowly miss slotting inside the far post from the edge of the area.
He misplaced only four of 18 passes to display remarkable security in distribution for a wide player, with his deliveries from out wide always dangerous and only proving a non-factor due to teammates’ profligacy.
It’s not the first time Redmond has impressed as he’s become an essential member of the starting eleven in recent weeks, having shone through in defeats to Newcastle and Liverpool whilst turning in a brilliant shift much akin to Sunday’s against Swansea last weekend opposite West Brom.
His rise has softened the blow of losing Pilkington and Snodgrass, two men who have at times looked near irreplaceable for Norwich, and consistency already appears a quality present in the youngster as he’s played at a high level week-to-week.
It seems only a matter of time before suitors begin to queue up for his services, though remaining at Carrow Road for at least another 18 months would be best for his development, and Roy Hodgson could soon come knocking after his exploits of late in combination with a bright showing in the European Under-21 Championship amidst an early exit by England.
Certainly an impact player and one of confidence belying his years, Redmond has proven once more that he’s one to keep an eye on going forward, as he's popped up on the radar in the Premier League and will be coveted by top clubs soon enough if he can maintain his current clip of production.
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