Lee Clark has strongly advised Birmingham City not to cash in on Nathan Redmond.
The 19-year-old forward is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the country, and has impressed in recent weeks as the Blues have steered themselves clear of relegation trouble in the Championship. On the downside, this has led to the England Under-19 international once more being linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.
Redmond, who has made 41 appearances in all competitions this season, remains under contract at St Andrews until the end of next season. And Clark has told his board that unless a huge offer arrives during the course of the window, they would be crazy to cash in.
“It would be a crazy decision to cash in on him,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “It would have to take big money, a fantastic offer, for us to part with him. Can we keep him? Yes, of course. Why not? He’s a superb player. He’s a local lad and he’s enjoying his football.”
Despite Redmond’s form for Birmingham, he didn’t do enough to warrant inclusion in the Championship Team of the Year. The XI, as voted for by the Professional Footballers’ Association, reads as follows: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Wes Morgan (Leicester), Mark Hudson (Cardiff), Wayne Bridge (Brighton), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace), and Matej Vydra (Watford).