The England under-21 international was in top form for Southampton today.
Southampton's season looked like being derailed at Brammall Lane recently, but now it appears they have it back on track. After disposing of Everton 3-0 in their previous Premier League game they went into their Boxing Day fixture full of hope. They were right to be optimistic as they comfortably defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park 3-1.
There was certainly a few performances that caught the eye for Southampton. The Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, who earlier in the day was given a place in the Senegal team for the African Cup of Nations, scored and bagged an assist in a terrorising performance.
But it was not just Mane who caught they eye. James Ward-Prowse is yet another excellent player off the Southampton youth conveyor belt. In recent weeks he has been out injured but now he is back in action, it is like he never left.
JWP is never going to be a swashbuckling back and forth player. In the past he has been compared to David Beckham, because of his excellent range of passing and set-piece deliveries.
The Southampton fans got to see that in action today. He played a sumptuous pass for Mane's goal and he whipped in a trademark set-piece which Toby Alderweireld nodded into the back of the net.
It was an excellent performance from the English under-21 international and it looks like we will be seeing a lot more from JWP in the coming month.
Saints bring on Wanyama for Davis, very impressed with James Ward Prowse today. Saints lead 3-0 in the South London rain— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) December 26, 2014
Jwp with another assist today . Get him in your fantasy— Bradley Hammans (@Bradders1302) December 26, 2014
JWP is unreal. Looks like he's been trained straight out of La Masia or the Southampton youth system.— Stu (@FalseNlne) December 26, 2014
JWP has made a huge impact since returning from injury. Class player.— Stuart Hack (@HackStuart) December 26, 2014
JWP's return to fitness couldn't have been timed any better! He stepped up when #SaintsFC's season was faltering and re-ignited the rocket.— Richard Emery (@UrbanWordsmith) December 26, 2014
JWP's delivery is one of the best in the Premier League— James Smith (@J5mith1997) December 26, 2014
What a pass from JWP and what a run by the Senegalese Messi !!!— Mahmoud (@Just_Mahmoud_) December 26, 2014
JWP gonna be a crucial part of Soton season now— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@Kadon_) December 26, 2014
James Ward Prowse with two assists today, proves my point how underrated he is— Mark (@markg_15) December 26, 2014
Ward-Prowse getting better and better— TonyGunk (@bobsempoi_) December 26, 2014
No youngster in football is better at dead-ball kicks than Ward-Prowse. The kid is class— Charles Mbari (@CharlieFlani) December 26, 2014