A number of Southampton fans have been on social media criticising James Ward-Prowse for his recent form and indeed his performance against Chelsea.
The Englishman found it difficult to make his mark against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, though, as the south-coast outfit suffered a 4-1 home defeat.
According to WhoScored, Ward-Prowse only had a 76% pass success rate, whilst he managed just one shot – a free kick over the crossbar – during his 90 minutes on the field.
It was a tough afternoon for Southampton against a Chelsea side that are showing plenty of promise under the leadership of Frank Lampard.
But the Saints fans did not have much sympathy with their players after the match, and a number were particularly unhappy with Ward-Prowse, whose overall form this season has been questioned as well as his display on Sunday.
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A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
James Ward Prowse offers nothing in this team.
— Mahmoud (@Mahmoud_SFC) October 6, 2019
Jwp been shocking
— neatola79 (@relax792) October 6, 2019
JWP offers nothing, absolutely nothing. There is a reason Valery dosent start, he can’t defend – gaps everywhere. Gunn was shocking for the first. Will be a long season #SaintsFC
— Craig Sturgess (@sturge198) October 6, 2019
Jwp needs dropping, yoshida has put us in trouble on a few occasions. No movement so we can only play across the back but when Chelsea have it we stand of them. #saintsfc
— Scott (@sday_) October 6, 2019
JWP has been a shadow of himself this season, think we need to take him off for Armstrong or Boufal
— NorwegianSaint (@NorwegianSaint1) October 6, 2019
Not sure what JWP is giving us in this game so far. Usual decent set piece delivery is not working and given the ball away a number of times. Would haul him off at HT if things continue this way. #SaintsFC
— Wharr? (@GB95934873) October 6, 2019
Why do we play JWP? He’s got no pace, can’t tackle, gets out of position and always plays backwards. Such a frustrating player. Tactics were all wrong today, subs to late and got over ran in midfield. No point in playing three up top if you can’t get the ball to them #saintsfc
— Nicholas (@ngoulding89) October 6, 2019
Ralph late with subs like always…
Absolutely horrible performance if you can even call it that! ?
Ralph looks out of his depth in this league at the moment and if he doesn’t sort it out we are going down… #saintsfc
— ••: Ash :•• (@THE_SA1NTS) October 6, 2019