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Ward-Prowse improvement shows how bad Mark Hughes was for Southampton

Ward-Prowse improvement shows how bad Mark Hughes was for Southampton

According to The Mail Online, Jamie Redknapp has praised Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse after his latest showings for The Saints. 

The 24-year-old scored a stunner against Everton at the weekend, as well as registering another goal in their previous Premier League outing against Leicester.

This caused Redknapp to praise the England international’s work-rate and passing range, as he looks rejuvenated under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. In fact, the entire squad does, as Southampton are now undefeated in their last three league games. The club have climbed up out of the relegation zone, sitting three points above 18th place Cardiff.

But it is not just Ward-Prowse who looks to have benefited from the Austrian’s arrival at St Mary’s, as a host of other stars have hugely improved too. The likes of Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings have been re-energised since the new manager arrived in December, as his attacking philosophy looks to be paying dividends. What this does highlight is that The Saints were festering under Mark Hughes, and they almost paid the price last season as they just avoided relegation, and looked destined for a very similar fate this campaign.

Hasenhüttl must be praised for what he has brought out of his players this season, and can help the club look forward to the rest of the season. On the other hand, the board and any officials at Southampton must question their rationale behind appointing Hughes in the first place, as it was an appointment that not only negatively affected results, but stopped players like Ward-Prowse progressing.

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