Southampton: Redmond needs support, not hate

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Josep Guardiola, Manager of ManchesterCity and Nathan Redmond of Southmpton argue during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Josep Guardiola, Manager of ManchesterCity and Nathan Redmond of Southmpton argue during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) /
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The 23-year-old has been heavily criticised of late for his performances this season. The former-Norwich player has been booed and jeered when involved for Saints, but this has been questionable.

Having been going through a rough patch for some time now, he has not been the direct replacement for Sadio Mane that many would’ve hoped for. Stats wise, Redmond has managed zero goals and three assists this season, therefore making him Southampton’s joint top creator with Ryan Bertrand.

However, with Saints looming over the relegation spots on goal difference, and a poor scoring record to boot, it is understandable to be critical of Redmond to some extent. But to be singled out by some for his performances alone, seems more destructive than encouraging and has affected the player’s confidence of late.

It would seem that there are split views on this issue, however fans this week have been coming out with support of Redmond, one in particular tweeting “Redmond deserves a song“, one other tweet included “He’s a Saint so let’s get behind him“.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Southampton’s Nathan Redmond during the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary’s Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Southampton’s Nathan Redmond during the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary’s Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) /

This view should be very much welcomed in my opinion, despite the standard of his performances, there is very much a need of unity amongst the fans to support players to get out of the difficult spot we find ourselves in.

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The atmosphere has been off at St. Mary’s since last season, and seems to be having an affect on the whole squad, Redmond in particular.

It is clear that the 23-year-old is currently lacking in confidence due to this, a rejuvenated Redmond could be a real asset to the squad, as it’s clear that the player has the ability to make a difference.

This has been seen at Saints vividly at times last season and at Norwich where he attracted attention, to add, was complimented by Pep Guardiola on his qualities.

Right now though, the team needs our backing, Redmond in particular, to push in the right direction to improve performances and results, avoid the horrible possibility of relegation, and any harsh criticism should be left till after the game.