Southampton Academy graduate and former England Under 21 midfielder James Ward-Prowse was celebrating his 24th birthday yesterday.
Whilst there’s plenty for the lad, not so young anymore, to learn as he continues to develop as a player there’s no doubt with only four appearances to his name so far in the season of 2018/19 under manager Mark Hughes, it’ll have come as a disappointment to the player himself, not just his admirers amongst the fanbase.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 1, 2018
With the club announcing both his and Hughes’ special days yesterday, reactions from the fanbase to the announcement were probably what you would’ve expected them to be in the case of both, but certainly JWP.
Happy birthday Prowsey ???? pic.twitter.com/dWQ1cUOKYb
— Art68????⚪️ (@ArthurCogger) November 1, 2018
Exactly! Wasted talent sitting on the bench or not even in the squad!
— NEAL (@NealHelly) November 1, 2018
Never better than when @Prowsey16 on the pitch. Sort it out Hughes!
— Dave Shearn (@CaptShearn) November 1, 2018
Not even a "young" player anymore.
— Matthew Dev ???? ⚽ (@MattJBDev) November 1, 2018
Happy Birthday ????
— Emma (@EmmaMilsom) November 1, 2018
Happy Birthday @Prowsey16 gotta be my fav player at the club ???? need to see you on the pitch more tho ????⚪️
— Bradders Kitch (@BraddersKitch16) November 1, 2018
— RJFyfe (@fyfe_rj) November 1, 2018
Happy Birthday @Prowsey16, a player that I feel can unlock goals given a run of games.
— Jonathan Hart (@JHART_SFC) November 1, 2018
As the above shows, there were plenty of comments talking about how his talent was being wasted at this moment in time, and plenty wanted to see more of him on the pitch once more and comments like that were always going to be the case even if most stopped simply at wishing him a happy birthday.