During the summer transfer window, it appeared that James Ward-Prowse would be the latest in a long line of Southampton academy graduates to depart the club for a lucrative move.
The 26-year-old was allegedly a transfer target for Aston Villa and Tottenham after an excellent season that saw him on the verge of making England’s Euros squad – he was in the first party but was cut when the final 26 were chosen.
Fans of the Saints could have been forgiven for anticipating disaster. After all, they’ve experienced losing their great players before.
Alan Shearer, Theo Walcott, and Gareth Bale are just a few examples of players who showed potential on the south coast before being lured away. Ward-Prowse, on the other hand, defied the odds and went against the grain. His stay at the club might be extended to 15 years if he signs a new five-year contract.
On Saturday, he will lead Saints out against Manchester City, having won over both the supporters and the management. He’s on his way to becoming a club legend, which isn’t bad for a Portsmouth supporter.
Source: BBC Sport