Nathan Redmond - Norwich City starlet Josh Murphy is in safe hands with Chris Hughton

Norwich City's Josh Murphy could not have a better mentor than Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Josh Murphy could not have a better mentor than Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, December 7, 2013
7:30 AM

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond knows from first-hand experience Josh Murphy could not have a better guiding influence than Chris Hughton.

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Redmond blossomed under Hughton’s care at Birmingham where he helped the Blues reach the later stages of the Europa League and the Championship play-offs before his mentor moved to Norfolk. The teenager made a total of 62 league appearances for the St Andrews club prior to linking up with Hughton again this season.

Redmond made it clear when he was unveiled in the summer that Hughton had been a major factor in his decision to snub interest from City’s Premier League rivals, and the England Under-21 international is adamant his fellow wide midfielder Murphy is in good hands.

Both finished the midweek 5-1 defeat at Anfield after the FA Youth Cup winner was introduced for his third top flight cameo since a goalscoring senior debut in the Capital One Cup extra-time win over Watford earlier this season.

“He is 18 now and he is a bit like me. All he wants to do is enjoy playing football,” said Redmond. “The gaffer knows what he is doing. He is doing the same as he did with me at Birmingham – feeding me in slowly and I’d be on the bench or play in a cup game or start a cup game and then come on in the league. Josh is developing really well and performing in training and if he keeps up to that standard there’ll be no question that he could go on and hold down a strong place in the squad.”

Redmond may be ahead of Murphy in regards first team exposure but the Birmingham-bred flyer believes the next few years will be vital to his own career trajectory.

“This is the prime time for me to be developing between 18 and 24,” he said. “It has been quite tough at times coming into the Premier League and the lads have been quite hard on me in training. They have a lot of experience and have given me the confidence to not stop what I have been doing. Probably the main difference at this level is maintaining the ball and being a bit more physically strong. With my height and size that is not really my game, but I am getting there.”

3 comments

  • Too true - given a couple of years under Hughton he could become a decent full back.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • In your facetiousness you may have actually inadvertently opened up an interesting idea. I'm not sure a winger being able to double as a good full back is a bad thing. The lad's very fast, which is ideal in a full back, particularly with formations like 4-1-2-1-2 diamond or 4-2-2-2 magic rectangle where you need the full backs to cover a lot of ground and play a bit of an attacking role to give you the width.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I think the likes of Neil Adams would be a far better influence rather than a defence minded coach and this report looks like a back handed way of trying to keep CH in his job. If he wants to stay at the helm then get the team playing well and winning games.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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