SAINTS: Ward-Prowse plays with fire

By SFC Media Fri 08 Feb Saints v Cardiff
Photo by Matt Watson

In-form midfielder James Ward-Prowse is the star of Saturday’s edition of SAINTS, as the Academy graduate shows off a darker side to his character.

For so long the poster boy for the pathway from youth ranks to first team, the 24-year-old has responded to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s demands to play with more aggression in recent weeks.
 
In turn, the England international has taken his game to new heights, scoring in three successive Premier League games for the first time in his career, prompting speculation he could be in Gareth Southgate’s plans again should he maintain his recent progress, two years since making his senior debut against Germany.

The ten-page feature in tomorrow’s matchday programme includes a unique selection of photos as the club’s longest-serving player unleashed some red and white pyrotechnics in a dingy Southampton warehouse.
 
Elsewhere, Callum Slattery speaks of his pride after playing 90 minutes for the first time in top-flight football, having followed in Ward-Prowse’s footsteps at Staplewood. 

Ward-Prowse surrounded himself in red smoke and explained the reasons behind his purple patch

James Morris is the latest youngster to tackle our 20-question Academy feature, while we go back in time with former scholar Jordan Turnbull to check on his career progression away from St Mary’s.
 
There is something for all ages, as our history section continues to provide a welcome dose of nostalgia, as well as eight pages of quizzes and games to entertain younger supporters. Just don’t forget a pen to fill in the answers!
 
There is the traditional coverage of our opponents, including tactical insight from Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe who offers a detailed look at what to expect from Cardiff City, while Hasenhüttl and Saints legend Franny Benali bookend the magazine with their latest thoughts.
 
Pick up your matchday programme from one of the numerous sellers outside St Mary’s and inside the stadium concourse, with 84 pages of original features up for grabs for just £4.
 
Every issue is also available to buy online, including any you might have missed over the course of the season. Our website for online sales is saintsprogrammes.co.uk.

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