Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Southampton

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Den

Last Game

Millwall 0 - 2 Southampton

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Saints starlet stays grounded

Southampton starlet James Ward-Prowse is keeping his feet on the ground despite being tipped for a big future at the club.

Last Updated: 28/10/12 at 12:06 Post Comment

James Ward-Prowse: Keeping his feet on the ground

James Ward-Prowse: Keeping his feet on the ground

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Saints have helped developed the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the club's academy and Ward-Prowse is the latest to come through the ranks.

The 17-year-old has burst onto the first-team scene this season, making nine appearances in Nigel Adkins' side on their return to the top flight.

A number of clubs have been linked with Ward-Prowse, but the teenager insists he is only focused on developing as a player at Southampton and sees current Saints skipper Adam Lallana as an ideal role model to follow.

"This has been a massive year for me but I am not thinking about big-money moves," said Ward-Prowse. "I just want to be the best player I can be for this football club.

"You are always going to be labelled as the next Gareth Bale after coming through this Academy, but my main focus is to develop to be the best I can for this club.

"I prefer to try to emulate Adam Lallana because he is a local boy who has stayed at the club since he was a youngster," said the barrister's boy who made his Premier League debut at Manchester City in August, aged 17.

"He is now captain and has been called up by England. He is someone I want to be like. He is a perfect example."

Adkins is confident Ward-Prowse will not be the latest young star to be snared away by one of the Premier League's big guns.

"James is a young man with a very bright future but why would he want to leave? We are an ambitious club and going places," insisted Adkins.

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Fernando Torres in Italy for medical ahead of AC Milan move

Fernando Torres has arrived in Italy ahead of his proposed loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan.

Premier League: Paul Lambert focused on Aston Villa's awful home form

Paul Lambert is focused on ending Aston Villa's dreadful home form ahead of their clash with Hull City on Sunday.

Premier League: Nigel Pearson looking forward to Esteban Cambiasso's Leicester debut

Nigel Pearson is excited to find out what Esteban Cambiasso can add to his Leicester squad over the rest of the season.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property