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FPL rising stars: James Ward-Prowse

The Scout 4 Jun 2019
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

The Scout on why Southampton midfielder could have the edge over team-mate Nathan Redmond this season

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League.

James Ward-Prowse (SOU) £6.0m

The Southampton midfielder is set to build on a breakout FPL season.

Ward-Prowse struggled for minutes under former manager Mark Hughes and started only three of the opening 15 Gameweeks in 2018/19.

But the mid-season arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl has transformed his FPL potential.

Handed his first start for the Austrian in Gameweek 20, Ward-Prowse became a key figure as Saints avoided relegation.

He was their top scorer under Hasenhuttl, firing seven goals to average 4.3 points per match (ppm).

Ward-Prowse from GW20 onwards
 Attacking stats Total SOU rank
Goals 7 1
Shots 26 2
Shots in box 11 4
Shots on target 13 1=
Chances created 32 1
Successful crosses 31

The underlying statistics showcase Ward-Prowse's potential for 2019/20.

From Gameweek 20 onwards, he was joint-top with Nathan Redmond (£6.5m) for shots on target at Southampton, with 13 apiece.

He was also Saints' top creator, supplying 32 chances for team-mates.

Crucially, Ward-Prowse's potential for assists was boosted by a big share of set-pieces. He took 75 of their 98 corners during this period.

Having totalled 94 points last season, Ward-Prowse is priced at £6.0m this term and has the all-round potential to become a key figure in the cut-price bracket in 2019/20.

Also in this series

Part 1: David Brooks
Part 3: Miguel Almiron
Part 4: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Part 5: Dwight McNeil
Part 6: Marcus Rashford

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