Norwich City's Nathan Redmond certainly dazzled in the Premier League last season. Despite relegation from the top flight, Norwich could boast a handful of solid positives from their campaign. Young Redmond was certainly one of them.
But the 20-year-old all too often lacked an end product. For all his skill on the ball, Redmond was wasteful in front of goal and made too many wrong decisions in the final third.
That inconsistency showed against Leeds United last night.
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Indeed, as Opta stats show, Redmond won five dribbles against the Yorkshire side, the joint-highest total of any Championship player on the night. He also completed 25 final-third passes, another tally that was one of the best in the league - and took 110 touches, the third-highest amount on the day.
And his five accurate crosses - and four chances created - led to a goal as Russell Martin headed home his corner.
But fans were nevertheless frustrated with the 20-year-old. Redmond was accused of slowing up Norwich's play far too often...
No rhythm tonight, Redmond doing all he could. But again all he could do is switch the ball or cross it to a Leeds player #ncfc— Chris (@SugzNcfc) October 21, 2014
I like him, I really do, but I wonder: how much improvement have we really seen from Nathan Redmond since he's been here? #ncfc— Lee (@ncfclee) October 21, 2014
So much pace in Murphy, Redmond and Jerome yet everything is so slow. Can't remember getting in behind Charlton, Rotherham or Leeds #ncfc— Matt Lewendon (@Matt_Lewendon) October 21, 2014
So how do you solve a problem like Redmond?