Next Game

Vitesse A v So'ton

Thursday, 06 August 2015, 19:00

Europa League Qual Third Round

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 3 - 0 Vitesse A

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 20:05

Europa League Qual Third Round

Pochettino hails Ward-Prowse

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has described midfielder James Ward-Prowse as the perfect role model for the club's future.

Last Updated: 28/10/13 at 11:10 Post Comment

James Ward-Prowse: Praised by Saints boss

James Ward-Prowse: Praised by Saints boss

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ward-Prowse, 18, came off the bench against Manchester United last weekend and inspired his team to a deserved draw at Old Trafford.

The Saints could climb into the top four of the table if they beat Fulham on Saturday and other results go their way, with Pochettino praising the contribution of Ward-Prowse.

"James Ward-Prowse is basically an example of the player we are promoting, the player we want to have in this club," said Pochettino.

"In every training session he gives 100 per cent. He always has an immediate impact in what he does and he is still a player who is growing. He is a figurehead of the sort of player we are looking for at Southampton.

"I am a person who has always given a lot of value to the youth teams in clubs. I was a player who came out of the youth ranks in one of the best youth academies in Argentina.

"Also, when I was managing Espanyol, I was a manager who always liked to push through that academy culture. I really value the younger players in any club.

"One of the main reasons I actually signed for Southampton was the fact that they wanted to push through that academy system. They wanted to reinforce and that went very well with how I view the future of a football club."

One of the main factors of Southampton's current form is their defence which boasts the best record in the Premier League with just three goals conceded in comparison with 24 at the same time last season, which is the main factor in their success.

Much of that can be put down to the meticulous planning under Pochettino and the double training sessions he has instigated.

"I am very happy that we are keeping this amazing defensive record," Pochettino said.

"It's all down to the great effort of the players. They are the ones who have accepted very well to have these double sessions, to accept this physical challenge and the new way of how we want them to train and to play."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company