Ward-Prowse enjoying life under Puel
James Ward-Prowse has provided an insight into the workings of Claude Puel, insisting his possession-based philosophy is suiting his game.
The 21-year-old has made eight appearances so far in the campaign, boasting an impressive pass success rate of 88.5%.
And the England Under-21 international says he is enjoying the training sessions laid on by the former Lyon boss.
“He is very detailed and very passionate. He want us to do well and on the touchline he is very demanding. He has put in place the philosophy that he believes in,” said Ward-Prowse
“I think it is a lot more possession based. We look to have more of the ball and the way we press is slightly different so it’s a case of working on that in training and putting that into practice in the matches.
“He is always stopping training and giving you advice. With the possession element too as a midfielder it does mean you will probably see more of the ball, which is good.
“He joins in during training and has scored a few goals which is always good to see. Often it ends up with the team he isn’t on, winning the games in training!”
A change in manager over the summer has not altered the long-standing vision of the club to give Academy graduates a chance to progress into the first-team.
In recent weeks, Jake Hesketh scored his first senior goal against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup at St Mary’s, while young forward Olufela Olomola has appeared on the bench for games against Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Leicester City.
Ward-Prowse, who has been at the club since the age of eight, is delighted that such an ethos is continuing to work.
He added: “Claude made it clear on the first day that he was here, that the pathway is there for young players and they just have to come on and impress when they can.
“To see that the club is continuing to do that is great. It’s an ethos that the club has had and something that we need to continue.
“It has brought a lot of success on the pitch and it’s great to have other academy products out on the pitch with me.”