Why Norwich's Nathan Redmond is crucial to the Canaries' survival hopes next season

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Norwich's Nathan Redmond will be crucial to his side's chances of Premier League survival next season.

Nathan Redmond will be a key figure for Alex Neil's Norwich side, as the Canaries strive to consolidate themselves as a Premier League side once more.

Following relegation from the top flight just two seasons ago, the East Anglian outfit will be hoping the England under-21 international's upcoming top flight season will end in a more fruitful manner than his first. 

Despite being just 21 years of age, Redmond already has a year of Premier League experience under his belt - 34 appearances in fact. Indeed, the Englishman is one of few at Carrow Road to have survived the club's one year spell in the second tier, and he is undeniably returning to the top flight as a superior player.

The Canaries winger capped an impressive 2014-15 campaign with a goal in the play-off final as Alex Neil’s side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at Wembley. He then continued his impressive form during the summer, securing a place in the European U21 Championships Team of the Tournament, having featured in all three of England’s group games.

The talented youngster is the creative force for Norwich - he proved this on countless occasions during his season spent in the second tier.

He finished the campaign as the Championship's second most innovative player, averaging an impressive 2.5 key passes per appearance, including a total of 13 assists and six goals.

No player at Carrow Road set up more goals than the former Birmingham City youngster, while Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie (17) was the only player in the division to trump him in this key area. Meanwhile, he completed the second most take-ons (109) - behind Wolves' Bakary Sako (114) - while completing 80% of his attempted passes. 

It is a huge campaign ahead for Redmond, who will now look to establish himself as a permanent top flight fixture, while attempting to breaking into the England senior reckoning. His contribution in the final third makes him integral to the Canaries' prospects, particularly the club's chances of remaining in the Premier League for a second season.

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