Nathan Redmond pledges to donate pay bonuses to charity

Generous Nathan Redmond is desperate to add to goal-shy Southampton's strike rate to raise money for charity.

The forward will donate cash for every goal and assist he gets this season to children's charity Right To Play.

Southampton have netted just seven times in eight Premier League games so far with Redmond yet to score, but he has grabbed two assists - including one to set up Manolo Gabbiadini in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

He became a Right To Play ambassador over the summer and the England international is keen to do everything he can to help.

"It's something I felt was right to do and I was very happy to do. With every goal and every assist I make a donation which goes straight to them," he told Press Association Sport.

"One donation will help 33 children so that's a massive difference from one goal or an assist.

"The more I do on the pitch I know subconsciously it's helping out the kids. I've had two assists this season and no goals yet but I'm sure they'll be coming.

"Afterwards when the game's finished, instantly you think about that. I've had two assists this season and that's over 60 kids helped. I'm delighted with that so far.

"I'm with the message Right To Play are putting forward which is to give disadvantaged kids over the world the chance to get involved in sport and to get an education. I want to push that message out there."

Redmond, 23, follows Manchester United's Juan Mata, who is donating a minimum of 1% of his salary this season to charity Common Goal.

Right To Play uses sport to educate and help children in some of the world's most disadvantaged communities.

Redmond would have liked to have donated more but Southampton's goal struggles, they failed to score in six of their first seven games in all competitions this season, have not helped.

The Saints are still just four points behind the top five and sit 11th ahead of Saturday's visit of West Brom.

"Every player and team will always go through a sticky period, that's not something to shy away from," said Redmond.

"I'm not worried about anything, it would only be if I'm not in those areas to score goals.

"It's not crisis but when you're looking at the start we've had and the teams we've played we feel we should have picked up more points."


 

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