The Southampton star is currently in the midst of a fine run of form.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl spoke to reporters today, ahead of his side’s crunch game with Cardiff City on Saturday, and offered high words of praise for James Ward-Prowse, highlighting how the midfielder can play in pretty much every position on the pitch, as quoted by the Daily Echo.

The Saints currently sit in 16th spot in the Premier League table, just two points clear of the drop zone, but they seem to be a totally different team since the Austrian took over, and Ward-Prowse’s improvement has been symptomatic of the way in which the south coast club have raised their levels as a team.

The 24-year-old, who has scored three goals in 13 Premier League appearances so far this season, has excelled since Hasenhüttl took over at St Mary’s and the Southampton boss explained how the midfielder has become a more aggressive player recently, as quoted by the Daily Echo:

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“I think Prowsey has made a good development with his aggression because that’s what I missed from him the most when I came here. He is a good footballing player and a nice guy, but now he showed that he can also be aggressive, win duels, win balls back and with his physical quality he can nearly play in every position.”

Southampton will need Ward-Prowse to be on his very best form between now and the end of the season, if they are to move away from relegation trouble, and if he continues to improve under Hasenhüttl, a recall to the England national team might not be too far away.

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