Redmond happy at Norwich, but did Stoke find better alternative?

Nathan Redmond claims he never considered leaving Norwich City, but did Stoke City end up with a better alternative in Victor Moses?

When Stoke City went scouring the transfer market for a new winger over the summer, Nathan Redmond emerged as an obvious target.

The England under-21 international had just suffered relegation out of the Premier League with Norwich City and the opportunity to step straight back up into the top tier was expected to appeal to the former Birmingham City man.

The Canaries were, however, in the process of offloading Leroy Fer to Queens Park Rangers and Robert Snodgrass to Hull City and were reluctant to see any more of their prized assets snatched from their grasp.

A refusal to enter into negotiations forced Stoke to look elsewhere, with their gaze eventually fixed on Victor Moses – a man coming off the back of a frustrating loan spell at Liverpool and out of favour at parent club Chelsea.

Redmond insists he has no qualms at having seen a top-flight opportunity pass him by, with speculation regarding his future barely registering as he remained fully focused on the club that pays his wages.

He said in The Pink’Un: “For me, I always wanted to stay here but, being a young lad, it was tough seeing a lot of stuff going on around my name.

“I was always talking to the gaffer and what he had planned and towards the end of last season we had a really good chat with just the coaching staff and David McNally and the players and we all knew the goal was to get straight back up.

“I am still young and I have played a lot of games. I have a lot of time to play in the Premier League. If I can do it here by winning the league that would be the best thing.”

Looking at how Redmond and Moses have fared at their respective clubs in 2014/15, it could be argued that Stoke have, somewhat fortuitously, ended up with the better deal.

  TeamGoal AssistGoalsTotal Scoring AttTotal PassAccurate PassAccurate CrossTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Victor Moses Stoke 3 1 17 163 135 22 431 9 681
Nathan Redmond Norwich 3 0 47 551 444 40 1,015 16 1,316

Moses, playing at a level above and faced with some of the best defences in the business, has managed to produce the same number of assists and open his goal account in fewer appearances than Redmond.

It is also worth pointing out that Moses is a senior international with Nigeria and will have benefited greatly from his experiences at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Mark Hughes should be rightly pleased with his summer business, with talk of a season-long loan being turned into a permanent agreement already doing the rounds.

Redmond, though, can console himself with the fact that he is three years younger than Moses, has spent considerably less time at the very highest level and has a year – maybe more – in which to work on his game and build confidence in the Championship before looking to take another positive step forward.

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