Mark Hughes hails `fully engaged´ Nathan Redmond as…

Southampton boss Mark Hughes has praised Nathan Redmond following his strong start to the season.

The 24-year-old winger has impressed Hughes with his work ethic and commitment, after speaking openly this month about how disappointed he was with his form last season.

Redmond came off the bench on Tuesday night to set up Charlie Austin’s late winner in the Carabao Cup win at Brighton and Hughes was pleased to see him having a positive impact.

“He’s been excellent,” Hughes said. “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.

“Everybody’s seen the ability that he’s got. 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.”

Redmond is expected to be one of many players restored to the starting line-up at Crystal Palace on Saturday after Hughes made 10 changes in the cup in midweek.

“He’s in a good place at the moment, you can see that in the way he’s approaching the game,” Hughes added, quoted on Southampton’s website.

“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.”

Saints will check on the fitness of Danny Ings. The striker is nursing a foot problem which saw him miss out at Brighton. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also missed that game in midweek through suspension but is available again.

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