James Ward-Prowse’s career had stagnated under Mark Hughes at Southampton, but he’s now right back on track and loving life with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The 24-year-old midfielder has forced his way back into the team after enjoying a miserable first half of the season.
He’s now played every minute of the last nine consecutive league fixtures and has enjoyed a revival following Hasenhuttl’s appointment at St Mary’s in December.
The Saints pass master could be in line for a recall to the senior England squad (Daily Mail) and that highlights his improvement in recent months.
Ward-Prowse has scored four goals in his last seven league games to make his mark going forward and is a driving force in the team’s fight against relegation.
Ward-Prowse’s importance is underlined by the fact he’s a product of the academy and a major fan favourite.
He’s a technically gifted ace that is a dead-ball specialist and does provide some extra quality in the centre of the park when in possession.
His versatility to slot in anywhere across the midfield too makes him vital for Hasenhuttl and the trust the new manager has installed in him is clearly the reason he looks back to his best.
Hasenhuttl looks like he’s going to continue pushing Ward-Prowse to help reach the next level in his game and it’s a great sign for the club.