Football   |   March 9, 2023

Southampton free-kick specialist linked to Tottenham and Newcastle as relegation looms large for Saints

Southampton talisman and English midfielder James Ward-Prowse’s time at the Saints might be coming to an end, with the player being linked with a move away from the club. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have been projected as the most likely destinations for the much-appreciated midfield man, who has risen in terms of his popularity as well as his game over the last few years. 

Widely recognised as a dead-ball specialist, and one of the best free-kick takers in world football at the moment, Ward-Prowse could leave the struggling Southampton side at the end of the season, as the club stares down the barrel of relegation. The drop almost seems certain at this point, especially after the club’s top management have opted not to appoint a replacement manager after relieving Ralph Hassenhuttl of his duties, instead giving Ruben Selles the reins of the club. Get attractive betting odds on the Premier League on SBObet.

The former FC Copenhagen assistant manager, who also served as Hassenhuttl’s deputy, has been given the managerial responsibilities until the end of the season. Southampton currently find themselves in 19th position, above Bournemouth only on goal difference. It would be quite the task for the Saints to escape the drop to the Championship. 

In such a situation, former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent felt that it was time for Ward-Prowse to prioritise “self over club” and move to a bigger team, such as Newcastle United or Tottenham. Ward-Prowse would be a good fit for the 2019 Champions League finalists, as they seem to have trouble creating in the middle of the park. Follow Ward Prowse’s transfer updates on SBObet Football.

While Ward-Prowse’s impending departure could place several sides on high alert, Bent also pointed out the situation of players like Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento, who could all leave the side should the Saints get relegated. 

“Yes, they’ve got some talented youngsters. Romeo Lavia and players like that. But, JWP has seen a lot of the senior players around him leave. Newcastle or even Spurs. He can create. We know in the modern game how important set-pieces are. Well, there is no one better in world football than this guy. Maybe Lionel Messi!” Bent concluded. Follow SBObet Sports to get more updates on all things related to sports.