Southampton fans are finally seeing the best of James Ward-Prowse’s talents again. The talented midfielder has struggled with consistency at St Mary’s and, especially under Mark Hughes and Mauricio Pellegrino, looked a stifled talent. He certainly looked a far cry from the player who made his England debut in 2017.
But Ralph Hasenhuttl has reignited the fire under Ward-Prowse. His goal against Everton at the weekend highlighted his recent return to form.
It was his second goal in as many games and, much like Nathan Redmond, he appears to have his confidence and freedom back under the Austrian boss.
It is certainly justifying a decision by Southampton to reject a bid for the player in the summer.
As reported by The Sun, Watford made a £10 million offer for the player in the summer, testing to see if Southampton saw him as a major part of their plans for the season ahead.
Hughes and the Saints rejected that deal and now it is finally paying off as Ward-Prowse finds his best form once again.
Southampton fans must now be pleased that the club said no to Watford in the summer.