Aston Villa journalist Luke Hatfield, from The Express and Star, has told Football FanCast that James Ward-Prowse’s set-pieces are the main reason he’s on Villa’s radar.
According to the Guardian, Dean Smith’s side are set to make a move for the Southampton captain this summer as they look to improve their midfield department.
Villa have already added highly-rated Norwich attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia and are now in the market for Ward-Prowse, who surely caught Smith’s eye when he scored two spectacular free-kicks in the Saints’ thrilling victory at Villa Park last November.
In total, he managed four goals from direct free-kicks last season and was the only player in the Premier League to manage more than one from a dead bull situation.
Ward-Prowse, who’s previously been compared to specialist David Beckham due to his incredible quality from set-pieces, also has a bunch of assists to his name, and contributed to 15 goals in the league last season as he was ever-present for the second campaign on the bounce.
Hatfield spoke to Football FanCast, and said:
“I think the big thing is his set piece quality. Villa have lost a little bit in terms of set-piece delivery and quality having seen Conor Hourihane fade out of the side. James Ward-Prowse is one of the best set-piece takers, probably in world football right now.
“Villa saw that first-hand at Villa Park and he whipped in two top class free-kicks.
“Villa are looking at the fact they’ve got Jack Grealish, Emi Buendia and John McGinn, who win fouls in dangerous areas, but they haven’t got someone who can really whip in a good delivery or plant one into the top corner and he obviously suits that.”