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James Ward-Prowse gets an assist from a corner on West Ham debut, he's a cheat code

James Ward-Prowse gets an assist from a corner on West Ham debut, he's a cheat code

James Ward-Prowse made an instant impact on his West Ham debut against Chelsea.

James Ward-Prowse took just seven minutes to do what he does best in a West Ham shirt, immediately showcasing his prowess from set-pieces.

The Hammers have drafted in the England international in a £30 million move from Southampton following their relegation from the Premier League.

And no doubt a huge reason as to why David Moyes was so desperate to sign Ward-Prowse is the fact that there aren't many better when it comes to ability from dead-ball situations.

The 28-year-old is one of the best in the business from free-kicks, penalties and corners and registered an assist early on in his debut against Chelsea.

The former Saints skipper, wearing the No.7 shirt like his idol David Beckham, whipped in a glorious deliver from an outswinging corner and Nayef Aguerd was on hand to power home a header past Robert Sanchez.

The Conference League winners already carried a major threat from set-pieces and now with the best taker in the league, expect more and more goals to fly in for the East London outfit.

It was Ward-Prowse's 24th assist from a dead-ball situation in the top flight, with only Christian Eriksen (25) managing more since he made his debut in the 2021/13 campaign.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Moyes' teams typically have great joy from set-plays and you can hark back to the Everton days with Leighton Baines curling in crosses.

And with giants like Michail Antonio, Kurt Zouma and Tomas Soucek, Ward-Prowse might just be a must-have for Fantasy Football.

"I’m delighted to bring a player of James’ quality and experience to West Ham United," Moyes told West Ham's website after signing Ward-Prowse.

"He's performed to a very high level in the Premier League over the last decade, constantly producing good numbers season after season.

"His leadership qualities are obviously another huge plus for us – he’ll be a big voice for us, someone who drives the team on from the middle of the pitch.

"We’re excited to get him up and running, for what will be another busy season on both the domestic and European front."

Chelsea levelled matters just before the hour mark courtesy of Carney Chukwuemeka's first senior goal.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: James Ward-Prowse, Chelsea, West Ham United, Southampton