Ian Wright raves about James Ward-Prowse's free kick, makes Beckham comparison

Ian Wright has praised James Ward-Prowse for his performance against West Brom.

Pundit Ian Wright has told The Sun that James Ward-Prowse's free kick for Southampton against West Brom reminded him of David Beckham.

The Saints stormed to a 3-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, as two goals from Ward-Prowse - a free kick and a penalty - before Dusan Tadic came off the bench to seal the win with another goal.

The victory was Southampton's third in the last five games, with Ronald Koeman's men starting to turn things around after something of a tough patch - and he had Ward-Prowse to thank against West Brom.

Midfielder Ward-Prowse joined the Saints at the age of just eight, and has made his way up through the club's famed academy, just as players such as Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale did over the years.

Ward-Prowse, 21, hasn't quite had as much press as those players, but he showed what he can do with a superb performance against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

Pundit Ian Wright has hailed the youngster in his column for The Sun, stating that his free kick was 'something special', and compared it to a goal from set piece legend David Beckham.

Wright claims that the major thing holding Ward-Prowse back has been his lack of goals, but a brace and a 'great all-round display' has earned praise from the ex-Arsenal striker.

"When Ronald Koeman has praised your free-kick, you know you have done something special," said Wright. "After all, there were few better than the Southampton boss during his playing days when it came to set-pieces. So no wonder James Ward-Prowse had a grin a mile wide after his long-range missile had Koeman raving on Saturday."

"Ward-Prowse is still only 21 but is already in his fifth season in Southampton’s first team and a man England boss Roy Hodgson has described as a “big prospect”. The one area where he has fallen short is goalscoring. Before the weekend visit of West Brom, he had just two goals in 118 games — and only one in the league. But his early free-kick was right out of the David Beckham handbook. A penalty doubled that tally and will do wonders for his confidence. A great all-round display," he added.

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