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James Ward-Prowse looking to emulate manager's prowess

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Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse will look to his manager for advice as he seeks to improve his set-piece speciality.

The youngster has been likened to David Beckham recently, a man world renowned for his pin-point set-piece accuracy.

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And the England under-21 starlet has confirmed he will be seeking out advice from his new manager Ronald Koeman, who was also a master of the art of scoring from free-kicks.

Koeman master class

For Ward-Prowse, who has started both Premier League matches under Koeman so far, the ability to ask someone so astute at set-pieces is something he will not pass up.

“I haven’t had a free-kick session with him yet. He’s got a slightly different style to me, but I’m sure he’ll be able to offer me some advice.” he said to reporters.

“He was an impressive footballer in his day and he’s a great manager to work under, too.

Getting closer

The Southampton midfielder got closer to his first Premier League goal this weekend, when his free-kick from 25 yards struck the outside of Ben Foster's post and went wide, but for Ward-Prowse it felt like the one that got away.

“As soon as I struck it I thought it was going in and then it sort of veered away just at the last minute,” he told the Southampton FC YouTube channel.

“A goal is coming I can feel it, I’m getting further up the pitch now and I’m looking forward to getting that first (league) goal.

Praise from the boss

Koeman, who is Holland's record goal-scoring defender, was equally complimentary about Ward-Prowse when questioned, although he did think comparisons to England legend Beckham could add too much pressure on his young stars shoulders.

“Ward- Prowse is a great player and I told him this week he had a big future, but comparing him to Beckham puts a lot of pressure on the boy.” he said.

High praise indeed for the youngster, and if he gets anywhere near Beckham's expertise and level, then Southampton will have another very special player on their hands indeed.

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