Hot on the heels of Aston Villa’s reported capture of Norwich City talent Emi Buendia on a deal said to be worth £40million in total, we have now been linked with Southampton Academy graduate James Ward-Prowse.
26-year-old Ward-Prowse needs little introduction and he can rightly feel hard done by when it came to Gareth Southgate’s final England squad selection given the season he’d had for Saints – that may well be rectified following the injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold – but most Villa fans will remember him unfondly from the 4-3 defeat at Villa Park back in November where JWP hit two lovely freekicks against us.
Aston Villa turning their attention to James Ward-Prowse after securing deal for Emi Buendiahttps://t.co/0SX3OtQcIS
— Paul Doyle (@Paul_Doyle) June 6, 2021
Having come through their Academy, he’s gone on to make well over 200 starting appearances, and with his England involvement now, he also boasts European experience from a few season’s ago. Factor in his substitute appearances and he has over 300 games under his belt, with a return of 33 goals – and last season he also chipped in with seven assists.
Head coach Dean Smith is already on record talking about bolstering our depth and adding key players that will instantly improve us, and Ward-Prowse more than ticks those boxes and then some.
“In terms of our recruitment, we talk about the sweet spots that we’re looking for, which is that the players have Premier League experience and are British because there is no adaptation risk at all.”
Source: The Guardian.
Whether or not this rumour proves to have legs, we’ll have to wait and see as I doubt Southampton would be willing sellers here, but this deal gets the thumbs up for me and it’s caused quite a stir on social media – and not just amongst Villans.
They want champions league football
— @siyaphonic21 (@siyaphonic211) June 6, 2021
Not sure that’ll matter to the Villa owners mate. They mean serious business now they’ve secured Villa’s Premier League future
— Guy Bradley (@GuyBradley) June 6, 2021
Villas owners are the fifth richest in the football world. Grealish aint leavin
— Comboed (@ComboedOW) June 6, 2021
Villa or Arsenal? We already know where players want to go now.
— . (@nomigo9) June 6, 2021
Buendia also gets fouled an awful lot 👀
— Hay (@AVFC_R0lfey) June 6, 2021
Oh boy oh boy!
— Premier Villan (@PremierVillan) June 6, 2021
Same, easy to link the best English free kick taker with the most fouled players team that’s lacking a free kick taker. Would be incredible but I’ll believe it when I see it.
— Gareth 🏴 (@GarethAVL) June 6, 2021
Fair enough man. You guys already looking deadly for next season. Buendia and Grealish will defo win u bare free kicks
— javed 🏆 (@javedcfc_) June 6, 2021
If Villa get Buendia & Ward-Prowse they can easy finish top 7
— Rob (@JuceeRob) June 6, 2021
@LucaMxy we’re winning the league man
— Olly Keen (@olly_keen) June 6, 2021
Villa are serious jeeez
— 0/40 (@UtdSamm) June 6, 2021
buedia replaces barkley, prowse replaces hourihane.
— Graham Martin (@gmartyn2004) June 6, 2021
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