Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond has spoken out about his "tough" training regime under Ralph Hasenhuttl, suggesting it has taken him a while for him to get used to it and appreciate the reasons for it.
The 25-year-old's brace helped Saints to a 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, and as well as giving the south coast side a huge boost in their Premier League relegation survival fight, it took his tally to eight goals in all competitions this season.
All of Redmond's goals this term came after Hasenhuttl took charge of Southampton in December, and over the past few months, the former Norwich City man has appeared as one of the Saints players to benefit the most from the Austrian's tutelage.
Hasenhuttl admitted to the Daily Echo that he often demanded a lot from Redmond and the £16.2million-valued player has given his response on how things have changed his side on the training pitch, in particular how he doesn't - or at least tries not to - stand still any more.
“It’s tough in training sometimes but I have fully understood now that he is only doing it because he wants the best for me," Redmond told the Daily Echo. “He wants me to work hard for the team first and foremost, whether that’s putting in tackles or winning the ball.
“He says your rewards will be goals and assists and that’s always in the forefront of my mind. If there is ever a moment where I’m looking a bit too relaxed in training, or if I do something in training to annoy him off a little bit, I know he is doing it for my own benefit. I don’t stand still any more. Well, I try not to.”
Southampton currently sit 16th in the Premier League table, eight points clear of the bottom three with five league games to go, and up next for them is Saturday's late kickoff away at Newcastle United.