Steve Grant has claimed James Ward-Prowse’s performance against West Ham is a concern considering he’s just been awarded a big new contract at Southampton.
He explained (09:58): “Another, kind of, almost non-existent performance from Ward-Prowse. [He] wasn’t really involved in the game at all apart from the handful of corners that we got.
“That’s a slight concern given that we’ve just given him a new contract on 100 grand a week.”
TIF thoughts on James Ward-Prowse and Southampton…
Over the summer, Ward-Prowse committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract with the Saints.
However, it’s been a slow start to the season for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his men, with the club yet to register a win in the league so far. One loss and three draws have the south coast club sat 14th-placed in the table.
Their captain has played in every minute of the Premier League campaign so far and so must take some responsibility for the team’s tepid form.
Will Southampton get dragged into a relegation battle this season?
However, as both player and club are still in the early stages of the season and contract, perhaps it would be wise to wait a little longer before casting any further judgements.