Southampton managed to end their poor run of form in the league as they returned to winning ways at home against Leicester City. It was a convincing victory as Saints played the champions off the park and there will be increasing concerns about relegation in the Leicester camp. They are now only five points above the relegation zone and it would be an extraordinary story if they went from the Champions League to the Championship in a single season. Here are three things that we learnt on Sunday.
James Ward-Prowse is a great talent
He was awarded man-of-the-match by Sky Sports and it was well deserved as he delivered an excellent midfield performance. The midfielder was involved in everything that was good about the home side, with his set piece delivery causing lots of problems for the visitors. There are few players that have a better delivery in the Premier League and it was certainly a weapon that Southampton utilised impressively. In addition to his set pieces, Ward-Prowse showed composure to score the opening goal with a curling finish from the edge of the area.
Gareth Southgate was at St Mary’s Stadium to keep an eye on the Englishman on show and the young Southampton midfielder would have grabbed his attention. It is too soon for him to be considered for the England squad, as he must show greater consistency and contribute more in open play. However, this performance showed the world what he is capable of and at the age of 22, Ward-Prowse has a lot of time to develop as a player. Hopefully, he can build on this and become an England international in the coming years.