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James Ward-Prowse

  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Age21
  • Apps129
  • Contract2022/06/30
  • Height5ft 8in (1.73m)
  • PositionMidfielder

James Ward-Prowse joined the Southampton Academy at the age of eight, later featuring in every game for the under-18 team in the 2010–11 season before becoming a full-time scholar in 2011.

2011-12

He was first called up to the senior team in October 2011, when he made his full debut for the Southampton first team at the age of 16 in the League Cup against Crystal Palace.

In his second starting appearance for the side, Ward-Prowse scored Southampton’s first goal in a 2–1 win over Coventry City to help his side through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Following the club’s promotion to the top flight in May 2012, Ward-Prowse was one of four youth players offered a professional contract for their return to the Premier League, along with Jack Stephens, Luke Shaw, and Calum Chambers.

2012-13

Ward-Prowse made his Premier League debut for the Saints on the opening day of the 2012–13 season, playing the first 65 minutes of a 3–2 loss against reigning champions Manchester City. After the game, his performance was described by then-manager Nigel Adkins as “outstanding”.

After a substitute appearance against Wigan Athletic, the 17-year-old returned to the starting lineup for the third game of the campaign against Manchester United, continuing to draw praise from commentators.

In November, shortly after turning 18 years old, Ward-Prowse signed a five-year contract with Southampton, amidst speculation that he might leave the club in the near future.

Despite making 15 league appearances for his club throughout the season, many of these came as a substitute, and as a result it was reported at the end of the season that Ward-Prowse was “not content sitting on the bench”. The midfielder did, however, win the Scholar of the Season accolade at the Southampton club awards ceremony in May, beating academy teammates Luke Shaw and Dominic Gape to the title.

2013–14

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Ward-Prowse came into favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino to start the first game of the season against West Bromwich Albion, almost scoring in one of the few attacking moves of an otherwise uneventful encounter which ended 1–0 to the Saints thanks to a last-minute penalty from Rickie Lambert.

The midfielder also played the full 90 minutes of the following game against Sunderland, gaining an assist with a free kick in the 88th minute which was headed in for a late equaliser by centre-back José Fonte.

2014–15

Ward-Prowse featured in all of Southampton’s matches of the 2014–15 season, until on 20th September, when he fractured his foot in a win over Swansea City; he was ruled out for 10 weeks.

He signed a new five-and-a-half year contract in January 2015.

On 11 April, he scored his first Premier League goal, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win against Hull City with a penalty kick.

He was given a straight red card on 2nd May for a foul on Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe, conceding a penalty from which Jordi Gómez scored the winning goal.

2015–16

On 3rd October 2015, Ward-Prowse was a half-time substitute for Oriol Romeu in a 3–1 win at reigning champions Chelsea. This was his 100th Southampton appearance, making him the fourth-youngest player to reach that figure.

Ward-Prowse was praised by manager Ronald Koeman after scoring two goals in a 3–0 win home win against West Bromwich Albion on 16th January 2016: a free kick and a penalty.

On 13th May 2016, he signed a new contract until 2022.


Further reading: Wikipedia