Southampton are currently in 13th place in the Premier League this season and are currently three points from the top half of the table but in the same breath only five points from the relegation line as well.
The Saints have been an established Premier League club since being promoted in 2012, and have maintained their Premier League status by promoting fantastic youth development and buys well during its time.
Speaking of youth development, one player who has caught everyone’s attention is James Ward-Prowse, who has risen in ranks from Southampton Academy, to a-team football and now plays at international level with England.
The Saints star has done 334 appearances, with 34 goals and 42 assists with the club, and has gone from strength to strength in his career and received his first England call earlier this year.
England coach Gareth Southgate has been full of praise for the midfielder, and spoke out when he selected him for his first European Championship 2020 squad this summer;
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“I’ve been working with James since my very first U-21 game and it’s been amazing to see his life develop, really.”
“To see him go from being a young player under Mauricio [Pochettino] to a great captain under Ralph [Hasenhuttl], It is fantastic. “
Thanks to his individual appearances for club and country, it £ 28.8 million gem became a hot target for a big move and Aston Villa put an offer on the table for the 27-year-old during the summer.
Aston Villa left £ 25 million bid for England’s national team player, but it was quickly rejected and the player entered the new season with his boys club.
According to Birmingham live, Aston Villa could rekindle their interest in Ward Prowse, and are in a much more attractive position to sign the player, thanks to the arrival of Liverpool legend who became Premier League coach Steven Gerrard.
This could be a disaster for the Saints manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, as the team is already competing in a potential relegation battle due to Southampton having a thin squad where quality players, such as Danny Ings, were sold during the summer.
The Saints can not afford to lose any more key players and the call to make money on James Ward Prowse could result in the ultimate nightmare of relegation to the Championship, especially with other relegation-fighting clubs such as Newcastle, plan to spend and strengthen in the January transfer window.
Southampton face Liverpool this weekend at Anfield and will hope to cause a revolt against the Merseyside giants by taking a three-point win away from home.