At the tender age of sixteen the emergence of Nathan Redmond was making big strides through the Birmingham City first team. There were big expectations on the shoulders of the young Englishman and through the first two years at The Blues, Redmond was attracting the attention of top Premier League clubs. The blistering pace and direct running was the biggest attributes that Redmond had to his advantage setting defenders always on the back foot. The move to Norwich came as somewhat as a surprise at the time considering the clubs that were linked with the young Englishman, however since the move we have only really seen glimpses of the potential that Redmond possesses which has been a massive disappointment. The end product of his game is where the question marks come from, almost in the same mould as previous English wingers Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott, the potential and pace is blistering but can they produce when it matters the most in the final third. Playing on the left hand side of an attack would be the strongest position for Redmond, giving him the option to cut inside on his stronger right foot, but he would have that unpredictable element to his game as he can go on the outside of the fullback equally as well.
With the result of a season of relegation for Norwich they might see themselves in a position where selling some of their better players will yet again have to occur. The biggest disappointment for a neutral watching the team this season, was the inconsistent selection of Redmond, for the team to have a game changer and a player with his genuine quality, his selection amongst the substitutes occurred one too many times. The ability to play wide on either side or centrally behind a striker, could have gave the club a less predictable attacking outlet. This summer will surely give Redmond with another opportunity to gain a move to the Premier League, but more importantly he needs to find a consistency with the right management this is a player who could propel himself into the England fold, especially after impressing playing for the under 21’s for a number of years.
Early indications are linking Stoke with a move for the Norwich winger with a fee rumoured to be in the region of 8 million. Redmond is entering the last year of his contract with Norwich, so despite the club’s claim that they hold the cards as to the players’ future, the smart move would have to be to sell the player on now, and give him every possible chance. A move to Stoke would have to be considered good business for both player and club. The arrival of top foreign talent at The Britannia has been increased in the last few transfer windows, so seeing the club bringing in top English talent would be the next step for the club. Introducing pace and direct running to the attacking threat Stoke already possess with the likes of Bojan, Arnautović, Shaqiri and Affelay would add a real strength and depth. The problem Redmond could find with this move is would he get a sufficient run of games? Attacking players with the attributes Redmond possesses need a real run of games, and that could be a question Redmond might just have to ask himself should he enter talks with the club.
It is safe to say that with the quality Nathan Redmond has he would certainly add a massive threat to a number of clubs in the top tier of English football. The clubs gaining promotion to the top this season Burnley and Middlesbrough might fancy a move to gain a player of such quality. Both sides do lack that pace in the final third and a sense of unpredictability, so no doubt Redmond would be a top class addition for either side. With that said Redmond must certainly be setting his sights on a move to an established Premier League side. West Ham and Crystal Palace might just be two sides in Premier League who could set their sights on the Norwich frontman. Both sides love to play quick attacking football in the final third and both sides might just be looking to add that element of direct pace to their frontline. Working with top managers and top class attacking players would certainly develop Redmond in the final third of the pitch and he would not look out of place in either side. Sam Allardyce is a manager who will be looking to really improve his Sunderland side and having such a wealth of knowledge in the transfer market, ‘Big Sam’ might look to add an extra dimension of pace and directness to his Sunderland attack. Linking Redmond up with the experience of Jermain Defoe and the quality of Fabio Borini would give a much needed depth of options to the Sunderland attack.
This summer will see a big movement in the market for an influx of players coming into the Premier League, with the change in manager movement over the course of the season this summer promises to deliver a massive investment of clubs throughout the Premier League. It is important to remember for the clubs that there is still top English talent around and Nathan Redmond could certainly be one of these players. The hope would be to see Redmond signing for an established club within the division and be able to showcase his talent without the burden of a relegation battle.