Southampton manager Mark Hughes has praised the work of Nathan Redmond, following his strong start to the season.
The Saints forward spoke openly earlier this month about the difficulties he had endured during the 2017/18 campaign and how he had put in extra work over the summer to put that behind him.
Redmond also credited Hughes and his coaching staff for the work they had done with him, and the confidence they had given him, and the manager explained this week how pleased he is with the application of the 24-year-old.
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"He's been excellent, Nathan,” said Hughes. “He's very receptive, he wants to progress his career, he wants to be the best version of himself that he can be, and he's put in extra work.
“He put in extra work over the summer, he's come in, he wants feedback, he wants to understand what he needs to do to get better, so that's what you want.
“He's fully engaged in what he's doing here, and I just sense he's in a good place at the moment and we'll reap the benefits of that.”
Saints did so on Tuesday night, when Redmond came off the bench to set up Charlie Austin’s late winner in the Carabao Cup success at Brighton, and Hughes was delighted to see him again having a positive impact on the team.
"Everybody's seen the ability that he's got,” added the boss. “Maybe he just lost his way in terms of how he could be effective for the team in the best way, and we're just trying to give him the confidence that he needs as a player and a person, because all players play better with confidence.
“He's in a good place at the moment, you can see that in the way he's approaching the game.
“I thought he was excellent against Leicester, and came on to good effect the other night as well, so he's fully engaged in what we're doing.
“Even as a sub, he's watching intently and all the guys who came on were able to make an impact because they understood what was required at that time in the game.”