Southampton’s Europa League hopes took a dent last night following a narrow 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan, which left their group ripe for the taking for any of the three sides drawn alongside the Saints at the half-way stage.
Claude Puel’s men were unfortunate to leave the San Siro without a point, and statistics prove that one Saints midfielder this season has been amongst the most creative in the entire competition.
Most chances created in the Europa League so far this season:
A. Pozuelo (17)
J. Geis (9)
D. Milicevic (9)
J. Ward-Prowse (8) pic.twitter.com/GKNRzIQxnR
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James Ward-Prowse finds himself on an intriguing list of the five most creative players in the Europa League so far, with Genk’s Alejandro Pozuelo way ahead of the chasing pack with 17 chances created.
Zenit’s Brazilian midfielder Giulano is second with 13, whilst Schalke’s Johanne Geis and Gent’s Danijel Milicevic are narrowly ahead of the England youngster with nine chances created to Ward-Prowse’s eight.
What’s concerning for Southampton fans, though, is the fact Ward-Prowse is yet to make an assist in the Europa League, despite laying eight opportunities on for his team-mates. However, the figures do suggest the youngster should be utilised more in the Premier League, where he has made just one start this season.