James Ward-Prowse burst onto the scene at the age of 17 against Manchester City after climbing through the academy ranks at Southampton. Ever since his debut, the midfielder has continued to provide a key aspect in the Saints line-up, never more so than this season. His composure and ability on the ball allows the 21-year-old to succeed in his central midfield position must resist any tempting offers from other clubs to complete his development.
Southampton are renowned for their substantial academy having witnessed the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw climb up the ranks. The only issue, though, is that the stars they produce always end up in high demand following a stunning spell at St Mary’s. With the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool constantly sniffing around their league rivals, Ward-Prowse could become the next victim of Southampton departures.
With high praise and consistent performances, there is no doubt Ward-Prowse could be dominating the headlines in the summer - of which the Saints must avoid. His dead ball speciality is becoming a vital feature of Southampton’s game with the likes of Graziano Pelle, more often than not, providing a neat finish at the end of his delivery.
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His passing ability also allows him to outshine fellow Premier League midfielders, something that with undoubtedly attract attention from the likes of Arsene Wenger when the season comes to a close. Making 93 league appearances is hard to come by for a player at such a young age and has provided consistent performances to earn such regular selection. A 21-year-old with bags of experience is exactly what would suit a top club and a team of Arsenal’s calibre will definitely be considering a swoop for such a player.
The Gunners have been unlucky with injuries regarding their central midfielders and Ward-Prowse could top their transfer radar but surely if the young midfielder wants to improve further, staying would be the most beneficial decision.
Southampton will no doubt continue to work with the 21-year-old and help him reach his full potential, something he should take advantage of. There are plenty of years ahead for the midfielder and he shouldn’t be tempted at such a young age. A year or two more at St Mary’s would no doubt benefit his career and earn him a regular place in the England team - something that may be hard to come by at a bigger club.
Despite lacking in goals, His overall gameplay will deservedly earn him more game time at the Saints next season and we can't rule out a spot on the plane to France for the European Championships this summer.
Although big clubs will be hard to resist for someone of such a young age, Southampton will undeniably be the most beneficial destination in order for the midfielder to prolong his superiority.