Nathan Redmond


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Nathan Daniel Jerome Redmond (born 6 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays for Southampton.

Redmond began his career as a youngster with Birmingham City, his home-town club. He made his first-team debut in the Football League Cup second-round tie against Rochdale in August 2010, becoming the club's second-youngest player ever at the age of 16 years and 173 days. After representing England at levels up to under-19, Redmond made his first under-21 appearance in the 2013 European Under-21 Championship finals. He joined Premier League club Norwich City in the 2013 close season, before making the switch to Southampton from Norwich in the 2016 close season.

He typically plays as a wide midfielder. He is right-footed, but has regularly played on both right and left wings, often cutting inside. He has also occasionally played in the centre behind a lone striker.

Redmond was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, where he grew up in the Kitts Green district, attending the Oval Primary School in Yardley and then Sheldon Heath Community Arts College. According to the player's Facebook page, he was first noticed by Birmingham City F.C.'s Academy scouts as an eight-year-old while playing alongside older boys, and scored a hat-trick in his first match for the club's under-10 team.

He scored three goals as Birmingham's under-15 team reached the semifinal of the Nike Premier Cup for the first time in April 2009, and in the same season played in the club's under-18 Academy side.

In the 2009–10 season, while still a schoolboy, Redmond made 15 appearances, scoring 3 times, for the Academy under-18s. He also made a few substitute appearances for the reserve team, including a "lively late performance" against Aston Villa reserves in early March 2010. Redmond was given a first-team squad number and named on standby for the Premier League match at home to Everton a couple of days later, but did not make the 18-man squad. He was an unused substitute for Birmingham's final home match of the 2009–10 season, aged 16 years and 56 days. Had he taken the field, he would have become the club's youngest first-team player and also the youngest ever Premier League player, at nine days younger than the record set by Fulham's Matthew Briggs in 2007.

Academy manager Terry Westley described him in June 2010 as "one of those wingers like an Aaron Lennon or Ashley Young. He has got pace and can run the ball past defenders and has the creativity to go with it", and confirmed that other clubs had shown an interest in him. He signed a scholarship contract with Birmingham City in July 2010.

The sale of Butland to Stoke City in January meant that no other players needed to leave in that transfer window, and Clark made it clear towards the end of the season that it would be a foolish move to cash in on Redmond in the close season. However, at the start of the 2013 summer transfer window, Birmingham accepted bids from Premier League clubs Swansea City and Norwich City, reportedly an initial £2 million plus up to £1.2m in additional payments. Redmond chose to rejoin Chris Hughton at Norwich, where he signed a four-year contract.

He made his debut for Norwich in a 2–2 draw with Everton on 17 August 2013, and scored his first goal two weeks later against Southampton; playing on the left wing – not his natural side – he "cut inside and lashed home low from the edge of the box" to secure Norwich's first league win of the season.

On 25 June 2016, Redmond completed a move to Premier League club Southampton for an undisclosed fee, believed by BBC Sport to be £10m. He signed a five-year contract.

He scored on his competitive debut, with the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw at home to Watford on 13 August 2016.

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