Today, I am reviewing Southampton's teenage midfield gem James Ward-Prowse who has impressed scouts and media alike after his eye-catching displays in midfield for one of the best teams in the league (on-form and in terms of youth talent)
|Ward- Prowse is just one of the many young stars in the current crop of Southampton players|
|For club and country: Ward-Prowse is heavily tipped to be an England regular in the senior team in a few years, currently playing for the U21's side|
- He was born in Portsmouth, and joined the Southampton Academy at the age of eight
- He played in every match for the under-18 team in the 2010-11 season, before becoming a full-time scholar in 2011
- He was called up to the senior team in October 2011, making his full debut for the first-team at the age of 16 against Crystal Palace in the League Cup
- He scored in his second starting appearance for the first-team, against Coventry City in the FA Cup 3rd Round
- James was one of the four youth players who were offered a professional contract along with Jack Stephens, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers
- He made his EPL debut for The Saints on the opening day of the 2012-13 season against Manchester City, with then-manager Niger Adkins describing his performance as "outstanding"
- As a result of continued transfer speculation over his potential future at the club and a move elsewhere, he signed a five-year contract extension deal to stop the rumours and allow him to concentrate on football
- He won the "Scholar of the Season" accolade at the Southampton club awards ceremony last May, beating academy team-mates such as Luke Shaw to win
|Ward-Prowse won the "Scholar of the Season" award last May in his breakthrough season|
- His free-kicks. Curling, swerving, power, pace and dip. One of the best free-kick takers in the EPL, he practices constantly so that he can get even better.
- His pace. He doesn't need to use it that often, but he has quick and effective acceleration over short bursts especially to fight for the ball from an opponent
- Tactical awareness and vision. He is a central midfielder, and most of these young midfielders struggle with composure and their technique. He is not one of them. He can string a 50-yard pass in seconds, move into spaces, create gaps in the defence and easily set up a counter attack with the ball at his feet.
|Potential, just needs time and patience: James Ward-Prowse is certainly one to watch.|