Sky Sports pundit and former Tottenham Hotspur player Jamie O’Hara thinks that the club should look to swoop for James Ward-Prowse.
Tottenham are in the midst of something of a revolution under Antonio Conte. They are unbeaten in the league since he took over, and that has pushed them right into the thick of things as it pertains to a place in Europe.
However, with the January window around the corner, there will be the chance for them to improve the squad further to hopefully give them a boost and get back in the Champions League, and O’Hara thinks that the England international could be an option for them.
Speaking on Sky Sports, where he was covering the match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur – during which Ward-Prowse scored – O’Hara praised the 27-year-old for his skills and claimed that he would be a perfect addition to the current side.
He said: “I would love him at Tottenham. He gives you 15 goal contributions a season, whether it’s from penalties, whether it’s free kicks, his set pieces. He’s massive to have in your side and people say, he’s just a set-piece specialist – he’s not. He’s good on the ball. He works hard, he’s got great energy, he’s a leader. I really like Ward-Prowse, I think he’s brilliant.
“So for me, I think he’s a massive player, he’s an important player to have in your side, and Southampton are lucky to have him.”
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Goals from set pieces are something that Spurs have struggled with this season, with the club in the bottom half of the table when it comes to goals in that department, so there’s no doubt that Ward-Prowse and his abilities would be a perfect asset for a team like Tottenham.
However, getting him away from Southampton would be a different matter.
He signed a new long-term deal this past summer, so he might have some intentions to stick around, and it’s hard to see that the Saints would be willing to let such an important asset go so easily at this point in the season.
Perhaps it’s something that they could pursue in the summer, where European football might be enough to tempt him away from the south coast should Spurs make it that far, but for now, they would probably be better off looking at more realistic targets.