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Tottenham Hotspur Facing Stiff Competition For This Southampton Midfielder: Good Option For Conte?

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In a recent report, The Daily Star mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur are facing stiff competition for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse. It has been claimed that Spurs will have to rival Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle United in pursuit of the English playmaker this summer.

Ward-Prowse’s Impressive Form In English Football This Season

Ward-Prowse is enjoying another impressive campaign at the St. Mary’s Stadium as he has put in a handful of dominant performances at the heart of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s midfield. The English talent has found the back of the net on ten occasions and secured eight assists in 39 matches for the Saints this season in all competitions.

The 27-year-old has been a consistent performer at both ends of the field based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.5 shots and 2.1 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after completing 86% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Southampton’s English midfielder James Ward-Prowse reacts during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 30, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Ward-Prowse A Good Option For Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte?

Ward-Prowse is a tough-tackling midfielder who can earn the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. He usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the front foot.

The English talent is a decent playmaker in the final third as he has got the vision to engineer some inviting chances up top. Ward-Prowse is a natural leader and can get the best out of his teammates on the field. He remains an excellent crosser of the ball and is a specialist from dead-ball situations.

Ward-Prowse is currently amongst the best midfielders in Premier League football, so Spurs boss Antonio Conte will do well to bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the summer transfer window.

At 27, the English midfield ace is enjoying his prime at the moment. Hence, we can expect him to make an instant impact at the North London club. Plus, he will bring a lot of quality to Conte’s midfield which makes him a brilliant option for Tottenham to pursue ahead of the new campaign.

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