Redmond: We are all pushing each other

By SFC Media Mon 24 Dec Huddersfield v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Nathan Redmond

Belief is coursing through the Saints squad at the moment after a second consecutive Premier League win, beginning from the top and filtering down to its youngest members of the squad.

For Nathan Redmond, his comes from the instructions and foundations of hard work provided by new First Team Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl but the winger has some mentoring to do of this own.

Redmond has taken the club’s newest history-maker Michael Obafemi under his wing and has called on the 18-year-old to keep his feet on the ground and “keep grinding” after setting him up to round off Saturday’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield.

“Before the game (the manager) tells me exactly what he wants,” he said. “While I’m challenging myself to be better all the time, it’s nice to hear from him as well and it does keep me on my toes.

“Everyone in the dressing room loves Mikey because he’s got a great personality. He’s Southampton’s youngest scorer in the Premier League and that’s a milestone for him without even knowing it. He has to stay hungry and naïve and he’ll have a bright future.”

In Obafemi, the 24-year-old has seen a youngster who is thriving off having a similar player in the squad for support and advice just as he is himself with the more senior members of the Southampton squad.

“It’s almost come along unexpectedly; the older boys like Charlie and Shane will have the same relationship with me. Mike looks up to those guys and me because I’m closer to his age.

“When he goes wrong, somebody tells him and no one more than me. He could have easily gone into his shell after missing a few chances in games but he’s kept grinding and he really deserved his reward.”

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