Nathan Redmond can be Chris Hughton’s Norwich City wildcard
11:30 19 February 2014
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Nathan Redmond can be the spark to ignite Norwich City’s Premier League survival push.
Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton has restored the teenager to his starting line up in recent weeks with Redmond’s pace and directness causing problems for both Manchester City and West Ham. Hughton knows the England Under-21 starlet is far from the finished article but the exciting wide player could prove the difference over a tense run-in.
“We have to be solid and difficult to beat but it is impossible to pull that off without having an attacking threat. You have to relieve pressure and give yourself a chance to score goals,” said Hughton. “Nathan perhaps lacks that end product at times, but he gives us a really good outlet. That is there to see and he keeps getting in those positions. He is 19 and he has everything in front of him.
“He would have possibly played more games than even he would have envisaged when he first came here at the start of this season. That is all good for his development and he is gaining great experience. He is only a young man and there is probably no-one at the club who works harder on the training field on his finishing, but this is a great learning curve for him and he is so enthusiastic to improve.”
Norwich returned to training this week to prepare for Tottenham’s Premier League visit to Carrow Road when the focus will once again be on City’s hunt for goals. Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander have all had game time in recent outings as Hughton strives to find that elusive attacking mix.
“You are always striving for the right formula in every game you play,” he said. “Whether its Manchester City or Tottenham at home or West Ham away. It is about keeping that level of competition and apart from Luciano (Becchio) the three other strikers have had a fair amount of minutes on the pitch and they have been instrumental in some of our good results.”