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Southampton Academy Player Emulates James Ward-Prowse With Superb Long-Range Free-Kick In U9s Match

Rory O'Callaghan

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Southampton Academy Player Emulates James Ward-Prowse With Superb Long-Range Free-Kick In U9s Match

James Ward-Prowse’s prowess as a free-kick specialist is clearly having an influence on youngsters in Southampton’s academy.

England international Ward-Prowse enhanced his reputation as a dead-ball expert with an incredible 35-yard free-kick against Wolves earlier this month.

The 27-year-old has now scored 12 direct free-kicks in the Premier League and is joint-second on the all-time list with Thierry Henry and Gianfranco Zola.

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Ward-Prowse has now scored 12 free-kicks in the Premier League (Image: Alamy)
Ward-Prowse has now scored 12 free-kicks in the Premier League (Image: Alamy)

Only David Beckham (18) has managed to score more free-kicks in the Premier League era, and youngsters in the Southampton academy are clearly taking notes.

In footage posted by the club on Instagram, a player in their U9s team scores a superb long-range free-kick during a match at their Staplewood training base.

Sky Sports shared the clip on Saturday ahead of Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City and pundit Micah Richards was blown away by the youngster’s technique.

“That’s just ridiculous! How they have that technique so young, it’s absolutely brilliant,” he said.

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“He is the best taker I have ever seen, right now in the world," said Guardiola.

"No player is a better taker than Ward-Prowse.

The England international is joint-second on the all-time Premier League list for free-kick goals (Image: Alamy)
The England international is joint-second on the all-time Premier League list for free-kick goals (Image: Alamy)

“He is so good, maybe we miss a little bit this quality of a football player.

“A guy who adapts in the same position, he's a team player, great quality without the ball, with the ball, understanding the game.

“Set pieces and corners is exceptional. We need to pay more attention.”

Is there a better free-kick specialist in world football? Let us know your thoughts.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Instagram: Southampton FC

Topics: James Ward-Prowse, Southampton, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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