August 7, 2012 by backofthenetjl
My next scout report will be on Birmingham and England u-19 winger Nathan Redmond.
Redmond has been a player I’ve admired since he broke into the Birmingham first team in a League Cup tie with Rochdale, at the age of 16. From then on, I’ve always been keeping close tabs on him in the Championship and he has cemented his place into Birmingham’s starting 11. He made 37 appearances for Brum in all competitions last season, which I think that is very impressive, seen as though he is only 18. He scored 7 times for Blues, 5 times in the Championship, once in the Europa League and once in the Fa Cup.His first goal was a brilliant low drive in the Europa League against Nacional, a game where he was at his very best and won the man of the match award. His latest goal was in a 1-0 win over Portsmouth, where he scored the 86th minute winner.
Last season’s Fa Cup was the competition where Redmond performed excellently and has talent became noticed. He was outstanding the 3rd round tie against Wolves, playing on both flanks and having a great game. He had many dazzling runs, where Wolves just simply couldn’t get the ball off him, his feet were too quick and his injection of pace was too much for them to handle. He played a key role in the victory and shown his ability, wowing many who were watching.
Redmond is a very exciting youngster, he is a very attacking minded player, who thrives on receiving the ball and running at defenders. He is an absolute nightmare to come up against, because he is very unpredictable, you cannot suss out his next move and which way he will run at you. He is incredibly versatile as he can play on both flanks, with the same ability. Redmond is preferably a right-side player, who darts down the right, gets to the byline and provides for the strikers. However he can also play on the opposite wing and it suits his game, due to his long range shooting ability and cutting in from the left-hand side. Another position which Redmond can play in is central midfield or just behind the forward, he occupies this role very well, as he is very good at providing service for frontmen and feeding pasess through to them.
He is still only very young and has shown what he is capable of; so I expect him to mature and develop into a very exciting talent, he may have to move on to a bigger club to reach his full potential though, unless Birmingham achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
Passing – Redmond spots passes very easily and can spray the ball around the field superbly: 8/10
Dribbling – He is brilliant at picking up the ball and causing chaos for defenders, he terrorises full-backs with his terrific control and technique: 9/10
Shooting – He isn’t particularly known for regularly goalscoring, although his shooting is accurate and he has very good finishing: 7/10
Crossing – He can play on either flank, but when he is on the left, he has the opportunity to deliver some pinpoint crosses: 9/10
Defending – He is very attacking and loves to attack, so he may not need to defend as much: 6/10
Player Potential – I rate Redmond very highly and believe he has what it takes to eventually play at International Level: 9/10
Value: £8 Million