James Ward-Prowse The center of midfield is an area of the pitch that England really has been blessed with over recent years. You only have to look at recent times when you see the likes of Gazza, Platt, Merson, Le Tissier, Lampard, Gerrard, and Scholes to name just a few. In recent times we have also had the emergence of Ali, Barkley and wilshere.
There is one young English player who is quietly going about his business, amassing a large amount of appearances in the premier league. That player is James Ward-Prowse, who at 21 has gone on to make over 130 first team appearances, with over 100 of these in the Premier League.
If you look at the other players of his generation mentioned, Barkley has played a similar amount of premier league games at the age of 22. Wilshere has only made a handful of additional premier league games at the age of 24 mainly due to injury. As for Alli he has played a lower amount of games but at the age of 19 he has really gained the spotlight due to his very impressive performances, which have really captured everybody’s attention.
So lets talk a little about James Ward-Prowse, he made his debut for Southampton at just 17 years old, after coming through the impressive Southampton academy. On the pitch he has excellent maturity and leadership abilities for his age, this has seem him become the England U21s captain.
Ward-Prowse is a player who has very good technical ability and vision to pick out a pass, although his finest quality has to be when he is presented with a dangerous free kick.
There are some downsides to the young players game. The most notable has to be his physical abilities due to his slight build, which can be challenging in the premier league. Although as we have seen with many technical players this is not essential. He is also not known for his explosive pace but, with his footballing intelligence and ability to pick out a pass he should be more than ok.
So what next for Ward-Prowse, well at both club and international level he is getting a large amount of games, but at the age of 21 he really does now need to push on for a space in the full national side. I am sure he will get there, but there is a lot of competition in the current England Midfield and with the recent emergence of the very talented Deli Alli that task has just become a little harder. The best way for him to improve his game has to be by adding more assists and goals to his game, this would really make the difference with the recent retirements of Gerrard and Lampard.