Three reasons Ward-Prowse shouldn’t return to the Southampton starting XI soon

According to reports in the Daily Echo, out-of-favour Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is working hard during the international break to convince manager Mauricio Pellegrino that he should be a regular fixture in the starting XI.

While he began the season in the team for the visit of Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, the 22-year-old has started just one game in the top flight since then, where was taken off at half-time in the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Watford at St Mary’s.

The midfielder has featured for just 12 minutes of Saints’ last three league games, and he will be hoping to be involved from the start against Newcastle United on October 15.

Ward-Prowse is used to being away with the England Under-21 side during the international break having been the captain of the young Three Lions, but now he is too old to feature for them and he is yet to work his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans despite winning his first cap in March, he has had time impress Pellegrino at the south coast outfit’s Staplewood base this week.

However, here are three reasons Ward-Prowse shouldn’t start for Saints any time soon…