Finding The Next Special One: Norwich City Nathan Redmond

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After watching yesterday’s Toulon Tournament match where he sliced up Paraguay’s defense to score another stunning goal, Nathan Redmond continues to be a hot commodity around England. The 22 year-old was one of the bright spots in an unsuccessful campaign for Norwich City to stay in the top flight. In the 2015/16 season, he scored 6 goals and tallied 3 assists on the season. The Birmingham native started at his hometown club, Birmingham City, at the age of eight. He moved on to Norwich City during the 2013/14 season and he has 13 goals in 122 appearances for The Canaries. Redmond continued to shine when playing for his national team in the youth levels. The winger was named to the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships team of the Tournament even though his English side had a poor showing with a last place finish in their group.

Redmond has a good change of direction and confident in his dribbling ability. He shows some unpredictably in his game that is unlike many English players his age. Nathan is a clean striker of the ball and shows that he can score from his midfield position, scoring 6 goals in his last 2 seasons for his club. He is a right footed player but has the ability to strike with his left. The midfielder shows the versatility to play on the left, right, or through the middle. Even though he had only 3 assists this season, he can make the key passes to set-up teammates, he had 12 assists in the Championship during the 2014/15 season.

His two-way ability is lacking at this point of his career, his tackling and defending needs to improve for him to be a complete Premier League player. Even with his 6 goals, he could be more lethal in front of goal. Being on a relegation struggling team can lead to complacency in his play. His 11 substitute appearances is a cause for concern, he will need to mature and grow as a professional to be a consistent starter if he wants to make the step-up to a competitive Premier League club.

Norwich City is trying to keep the promising midfielder with Stoke City considering a bid for him. His performances during this youth tournament in France has piqued more interest into the player. He will be eyeing the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a possible goal and see-sawing between the Premier League and the Championship is not going to help his cause. A move to a mid-table Premier League club can be a benefit towards his development and put him in a competitive environment to thrive at a higher level.

 

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