Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is keen to play down Nathan Redmond hype

Nathan Redmond's early season displays for club and country have thrust the Norwich City midfielder into the spotlight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Nathan Redmond's early season displays for club and country have thrust the Norwich City midfielder into the spotlight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
7:15 AM

Chris Hughton is convinced Norwich City’s teenage midfielder Nathan Redmond will handle the hype that comes with starring for both club and country.

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Redmond followed up his sparkling display in England Under-21s’ 6-0 romp over their Scottish counterparts with an eye-catching Premier League debut against Everton at the weekend.

The 19-year-old left Carrow Road with the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award after another cameo that added to his growing reputation. Hughton, however, is well aware part of his job now is to temper the inevitable clamour around his precocious summer signing.

“Yes, we have to manage that one,” he said. “Do I expect him to play a full Premier League? I probably don’t want him to play a full Premier League season.

“At the right times you want to be able to take him out. If he has, then he has done very well, but as young man he is not someone who has any fear or goes out there and doesn’t enjoy his football. He just wants to play and we’re delighted by his progress.

“I am very conscious of what this league is. It is unforgiving and we always have to make sure any young player who makes their way into the squad has to do it on merit and knowing how tough this league is. He showed what he is all about (against Everton). He will continue to go through a learning curve. He was certainly tested defensively against a full-back that at times played like a right winger, but he has an ability and we have got to make sure we harness that and get the best out of him.”

Hughton is confident the likes of Redmond, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer will all prove their worth in the top flight.

“We certainly feel we have improved but we have to prove that on the football pitch,” he said. “If I look at the core of the squad it is still a very good one. We have lads who have been here a couple of seasons and our responsibility is to try and improve the group but you need that core who have been there, done it and can integrate the new players. We would like to think we have strengthened. I also know that the rest of the teams have done the same and that tells you what this league is all about. All the clubs have that same feeling in the sense we are trying to give ourselves the best possible chance.”

55 comments

  • Pretty ballsy move from the "negative" Hughton eh? He could have used Olsson and went for an untested at this level teenager and, what do you know, he was awesome. Time for a rethink from some people I think...

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Pear juice - extract, is not a cider! Yet another example of incorrect use of words. 'PERRY!'

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • However, a definition of negative I can beat you to Brew. Characterized by the absence of distinguishing or marked qualities or features; lacking positive attributes (opposed to positive ): a dull, lifeless, negative character.

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • You beat me to it Brew, I must get up earlier!

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Hull are an unknown entity in terms of players and how they play etc., although I suspect CH has done his homework (and is doing a bit more as we all idly correspond here). I do though think it will be a tough one. It's Hull's first game at home and whether we like it or not they will look at this fixture as one of the not so difficult games and therefore one to gain a potential point, if not three. Hull couldn't handle the speed and power of Chelsea in the first-half last Sunday although managed to get themselves into the game during the second. (Not sure where this is going as I've forgotten what I wanted to say....oh dear!)

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Brew, not a problem, indeed, I began to suspect only my slightly imperious self, was so afflicted. I smile.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Looks like an exciting squad we have assembled. I can't wait until we have a full strength team ready to unleash. However, with that said, the Premier league table is already beginning to have a very familiar looking feel to it. If you look at the table now, swapped the Gooners & Villa around, it would probably not have a vastly different feel to it all the way through - and there are only 37 more games to go ! OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Unrelated. Brew, a qestion you might have the answer to. Why do brewers persist in calling alcoholic beverages, made from pears, 'cider'? A name I thought exclusive to apple products. Why is the established word, 'perry' ignored?

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Dissaster is blatantly brew talking to himself, it's embarrassing.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Just getting off the nr debate has anyone heard that city are interested in a frederich sorenson from bologne our old freind toby aldereweid isnt joining any clubs in ahurry join us and be a heroe or join a top team and be just another player otbc

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    pete22

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I am not ignoring you, Dissaster, just being multi-ethered. May or may not arrive.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Talking of using words incorrectly? Yes, 'cameo' doesn't apply to either of Redmonds, recent outings. It is wrong, wrong, wrong. On the subject of trendy words - I see someone on this board has slipped in an 'awesome'.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Btw, I have to `brooch` the currently fashionable use of the word "cameo". - "A short descriptive literary text", or "A small character part in a play, film etc". So Nathan`s 85 minutes was a "cameo"? How should we regard substitute Olsson`s 10 minutes? Nate`s last "cameo" was for England U-21s, though at `only` 60 minutes, it barely warranted a mention. Aping the `Nationals` is not the way to improve journalistic veracity. Nor is using trendy words out of context.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • TK -"Given we are away on Saturday, I would tend to start with Olsson to keep it tight first half and then bring Redmond on with 30 minutes to go, then his pace and ball control will give Hull a big shock just when their legs are starting to tire." fantastic idea and I can see him creating panic in the Hull defence. I wonder if CH (or anyone at CR) reads our comments!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Hi, Ghana Dom. I don`t think many would see Olsson for Redmond as that negative really, specially away from home. Olsson has good attacking qualities himself and is more savvy defensively than Nathan - after all he`s what, 5\6 years older? I like TK`s suggested strategy too. Anyway, if Whittaker can spring a surprise goal, why not Olsson? That is now a very solid squad with some good options. I agree, if Snods is fit, he must play. What a team grafter he is! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I keep getting ethered while Dissaster is on a role here - has he been on the cider....erm, I mean perry ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • CH must devise a system, a formation, where he can deploy both RvW & Hooper! I say that unequivocally. Without pacy support the Wolf will not function. Isolate him, he will wither on the vine - I think a certain gentleman from Cumbria, might agree?

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • The posts are lacking a certain chronology, the flow of posts is being disrupted. Who's this fella Holt - Bryan?

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Spot on Lobbo, but we 'learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes'. I'm sure CH and his staff will instill that into him, but I felt Garrido was also at fault for not tracking Coleman. At the end of the day, I'm more than satisified with a point against a full-strength Everton side. Other teams may well be playing them without Fellaini and Baines in their line-up!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Steady On? A most mischievous figure, can't be denied - take a bow.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Dissaster, ol` pal, you asked me a question about cider then answered it yourself! Folk will start thinking that you are a mad brewer! First: proper brewers brew beer, not cider - or even cidre. Perry is indeed a variant of cider made from pears. Chances are there is a fair bit of glucose syrup, manufactured from wheat\maize, in both authentic products. And some pears in cider (sounds like a £12.95 dessert from a gastropub in Morston). Or apples in perry (a £14.95 dessert yet to be invented in Morston). It`s mostly marketing 80II0X. Brewers just make beer! We will get the Truth from the new burgeoning breed of Sommeliers. As long as we all see the Emperor`s New Clothes altogether...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Like the cut of your jib there, TK. Isn`t it great to have these options now? I agree that CH still seems to be a reluctant user of substitutes, though he did shore things up a bit vs Everton by bringing on Tettey for Wes after RvW had levelled the scores. And it wasn`t a `negative` move as Howson took the Wessi role and looked more at home there. What would you do, midfield-wise, on Sat? Johnson\Tettey with Fer behind the striker? Or Johnson\Fer with Howson further forward? Then there`s Tettey. What riches. This is a `winnable` match.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I refer to a Brew post . . . you multi-name posters - you fool no one. See yourself a member of Bletchley Park - the Abwehr?

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Penny`s dropped! That song "Cameo" is on the soundtrack of "Austin Powers - The Spy who Sha99ed Me" but a version by Melanie G (aka Scary Spice) not "Word Up" who I`d never heard of! I have dug out & dusted down that DVD and may revisit it ere long. That film features a grotesque Mike Myers alter-ego; "Fat B*s*a*d", a bekilted, obese, libidinous Scottish henchman of Doctor Evil (also played by Mike Myers). Always fun to converse with you, Doc. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • well retrieved

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Brew, not a problem, indeed, I began to suspect only my slightly imperious self, was so afflicted. I smile.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • They haven`t yet. Probably the ersatz drinks lobby, led by Red Bull and Adman`s.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Apropos of English players in the Premier League, I read on BeebGossip this morning, that Saturday`s opening 7 games had the lowest number ever of English players in the starting line-ups. Norwich had 6 - Ruddy, Turner, Johnson, Howson, Redmond and E.Bennett. Plus we could `score a half" for Jock Martin? And even a quarter for Honorary Naaridger, Wessi?! In all, there were 8 starting players from the UK and 9 from the British Isles. Garrido & Wolfie were the only 2 `continental` Europeans. That balance could swing dramatically if Bassong, Fer, Olsson, (Snods) and Tettey step in - depending on who they step in for. Then, in reserve we have Englishmen like Hooper, Butterfield, R.Bennett & Pilks, though I suppose Pilks will count as being from Eire - should he ever turn out for Trapper Tony. Redmond is a fine young prospect; if he develops as he might, expect the dodgy money clubs to come sniffing around.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Whoa, Victor Mature!!!* Love your films fella, Perhaps a tad one-dimensional for my taste (similar to Wayne - the actor? No, not that vastly overrated footballer) I see an alliance - a thought pattern I concur.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • S\O; 1) I DO NOT have an alternative posting identity. 2) I have never smacked nor been smacked in a library. 3) Have you ever been in a library - you know, books & suchlike? PS. Ta, Swiss.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • Whoa, Victor Mature!!!* Love your films fella, Perhaps a tad one-dimensional for my taste (similar to Wayne - the actor? No, not that vastly overrated footballer) I see an alliance - a thought pattern I concur.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I read avidly, of military conflicts through the ages - indeed I myself dallied with H.M Forces, for more than a decade. Moving on. The key to military campaigns (bear with me?) is logistics - supply? Without adequate equipment and supply you are, ultimately - screwed! I hate to paraphrase General Patton (American - WW2 fame) . . you have to pose and maintain an offensive threat - give the enemy something to think about, to consider. Tandem RvW & Hooper in tandem - a must!!!**

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Multiple identity posting should be stopped by Archant. That they do not stop it tells a tale in itself.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Looks a real talent at 19 years old. I'm sure he's reflected on Everton's second goal by Séamus Coleman when, on replays, you see him look not once, not twice but three times at Coleman and then switch off and allow him to move unmarked into the 6 yards area and score.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • As always Brew, a balanced insightful post. Why do I have this feeling, that more than one of the Bassong, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hooper quartet, will be sidelined for some time? Echoes of Whittaker, last season? I do note Bassong's recent 90 mins.,so perhaps it's more of a trio. A gut feeling, nothing more.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • If you are going to have an alternative identity Brew at least try to mask your "smack addict in the research section of the library" posting style

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Looks like an exciting squad we have assembled. I can't wait until we have a full strength team ready to unleash. However, with that said, the Premier league table is already beginning to have a very familiar looking feel to it. If you look at the table now, swapped Arsenal & Villa around, it would probably not have a vastly different feel to it all the way through - and there are only 37 more games to go ! OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • It looks like he has the right attitude, the talent and that CH is looking out for his development. It can't get much better than that.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • The media, his masonic brethren may 'up-speak' Mr Rooney (can't deny his - now - publicity clout) sadly I can't. This iconic talisman(?) just failed to deliver. Man Utd & England function without him. His development halted years ago - past glories?

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I read avidly, of military conflicts through the ages - indeed I myself dallied with H.M Forces, for more than a decade. Moving on. The key to military campaigns (bear with me?) is logistics - supply? Without adequate equipment and supply you are, ultimately - screwed! I hate to paraphrase General Patton (American - WW2 fame) . . you have to pose and maintain an offensive threat - give the enemy something to think about, to consider. Tandem RvW & Hooper in tandem - a must!!!**

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Hi Mom - I wish you had beaten me to it, really! Folk think I`m being cruel to The Padster, but I`m only trying to help the boy. Perhaps he should go back to penning a few cameos until he gets the hang of it? I`m positive Hoots will use Redmond wisely, but the lad looks very mature for his years. I wonder if something might `rub off` on existing Norwich youngsters, particularly the Murphys and Morris? IHIT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I recorded my thoughts regarding RVW and Hooper and the obvious need to play them together on another board - unfortunately Hughton has made his plans clear, only playing them together for ten minutes so far. There are a lot of people who want to see them play together to see what they can do together. As for Redmond I think he has shown his maturity and ability already and if e is the best player for a particular job he should play. Rooney made his debut at 18 and has played first team football ever since. One more thought on strikers playing in tandem - how can a manager find it necessary to reinforce a back four with an additional two midfield players playing in front of them yet cannot find a system where two strikers play together up front.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Pose a genuine, potent threat (as a opposed to a token one - easily snuffed out) it disturbs, upsets an opposition game plan, their strategy. At some point you must emerge offensive - see Joe Calzaghe.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Cameo were a popular beat combo in the 70s or 80s, singing a little ditty entitled Word Up. They were probably most noted for their lead singer (Jonathan Davis I think) wearing a very large shiny codpiece on the video.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • What hype? Kudos to all. Gedders x

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • We were but shi*s that passed in the night there, Doc!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Brewer, on the topic of Cameo you should also mention the iconic "Word Up", time to dust off your disco codpiece!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • You`ve lost me there, Doc!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Btw, I do think any "anti-Hooton" feelings are being "bigged up" a bit. Most folk I speak to have much respect for him and the way he conducts himself. People being fickle, as we are, could soon change their tune with a run of poor performances but Hooton is here for the long haul, I believe (and hope). IHIT. PS: that doesn`t mean he has achieved infallibility!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • MB, I have to admit that I know little of Hull in terms of their strengths or weaknesses so it is difficult to know who to start on Saturday. However, I would probably go with Fer & Johnson as a holding midfield pair, play Olsson on the left with Wes in the hole and Snodgrass if fit on the right. Depending on how the game was then going, I would bring on Redmond and Howson with around 30 minutes to go so that we then have a more attacking outlook down the flank. That however, leaves Tattey out in the cold and likewise, if Hooper happens to be fit I would play him instead of Howson in the role or even given Becchio a try in that position. As you say we are almost spoilt for choice right now but once we have played a few games things will become more obvious I suspect.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • TKMr Ed, I bet you if Hughton starts with Ollson instead of Redmond, you will see posters on here calling him 'negative'. The man just cant win (and I dont mean football games). In any case, I think if Snods is back, he will also be replacing E Bennett. IHWT!! OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Brewer? Drug addict? I don't think so.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

  • Did I not get the song title and the group`s name back-to-front there, Doc? I WILL watch that Austin Powers DVD tonight!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • I for one was calling for Olsson to come on for young Redmond as soon as we scored our first goal, by then the lad was tiring slightly and it was clear that Garido was being exposed too much. The manager obviously saw it as that play was on his side of the pitch, I still think Chris needs to look at changing things earlier during games. Given we are away on Saturday, I would tend to start with Olsson to keep it tight first half and then bring Redmond on with 30 minutes to go, then his pace and ball control will give Hull a big shock just when their legs are starting to tire.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • Pear juice - extract, is not a cider! Yet another example of incorrect use of words. 'PERRY!'

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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