This week has seen James Ward-Prowse discussing his recent resurgence under the guidance of new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The England international has been in fantastic form for the Austrian, after struggling for regular football under previous boss Mark Hughes.
It has been a stunning reminder of the obvious talent this creative young midfielder possesses.
Speaking to The Sun, the 24-year-old made big comparisons between the current Southampton boss and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was a big influence on the player at St Mary’s.
“For a few of us who were there with Pochettino you could see the similarities. He’s definitely brought a new energy to the team.
“The other similarities you can tell already are their passion and their love for what they do.
“Both managers on the training pitch would encourage you to do what they want to do. They make you feel happy as a player. I think that’s a big thing.”
So, should Tottenham Hotspur make a move for the player in the summer?
It is clear that Tottenham still need to make some additions in the summer. In recent weeks, much has been made of their need for domestic players. As reported by Football.London, Spurs have an overload of foreign players and need to bring in some domestic options.
The report suggested the likes of Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen, Leeds United’s Jack Clarke and Norwich City’s Max Aarons were all potential targets.
Ward-Prowse would be equally as impressive an addition and, unlike these other targets, has already played over 180 games of Premier League football. At just 24-years-old, he is also young enough to continue improving.
Pochettino also knows how to get the best out of him. If Tottenham are looking for talented home-grown players in the summer, there may not be many better options than Ward-Prowse.