Nathan Redmond hopes he will be handed a more central role in the Southampton side next season.
The 25-year-old has been deployed on the wing for most of his time at St Mary’s but says he prefers to play in a more central attacking position and is keen to be given the chance to shine there in pre-season.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has used Redmond in a number of different attacking roles in the second half of the campaign to see where he is most effective.
Redmond believes his versatility often works against him although his form has been much better since Hasenhuttl succeeded Mark Hughes in the St Mary’s hot-seat five months ago.
“I think if the last few months was an audition for me to give myself the best chance to play in this sort of number 10/striking role, then hopefully I’ve given myself the best account,” said Redmond.
“If the formation is 3-4-3 or 4-2-2-2, I think he [Hasenhuttl] likes to play with number 10s and not necessarily wingers. Pre-season will be tough first and foremost, but tactically it’s going to be interesting to understand.”
Redmond was named as the club’s Players’ Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year after scoring eight goals for Saints this season. He has appeared in every game for the club this term, failing to start just two of them.
Redmond added: “I played in the number 10 position when I was at Birmingham and when I was at Norwich.”
Southampton are 1.44 to beat relegated Huddersfield on Sunday while a Terriers victory is available at 7.50.