Ward-Prowse told he is world class


James Ward-Prowse appears to be getting the highest praise of his life since arriving and making such a big impact at West Ham.

The former Saint  – having been left out of the England squad – has received incredible accolades from most of the top pundits including Rio Ferdinand.

The former Hammers central defender even told him to retire from international football after being snubbed by England boss Gareth Southgate during the current international break.

Now, however, the chief executive office of another Premier League club – Leeds United – has told the player he is world class.

Angus Kinnear made the comments about our midfielder on The Square Ball Podcast discussing the Leeds United squad and it came as a near throwaway comment.

He said, as transcribed by TBR:“We struggled with the losses of Kalvin and Raphinha. When Sam Allardyce came in he said that he felt the club lacked any world class players.

“In the Premier League even the worst teams have one or two world class players whether that’s a Maddison, a Ward-Prowse or a Tielemans.”

That sounds like something of a back handed compliment  given that JWP is now a Hammer but we assume Kinnear was talking about Saints after their relegation,

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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