Date: 18th January 2016 at 6:12pm
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Southampton are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by James Ward-Prowse in the three nil victory over West Bromwich Albion at St Mary’s Stadium at the weekend was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Ward-Prowse as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘James Ward-Prowse had only scored twice in 114 matches and he had doubled his career tally in just 30 minutes for the Saints against a very ordinary West Brom. His first goal was a beautifully taken free-kick and his second was a penalty that he looked so comfortable scoring he could have done it in carpet slippers. However it looks like manager Ronald Koeman has bowled himself into a selection nightmare. With Shane Long in good form, Graziano Pelle still to return and Dusan Tadic and Ward-Prowse scoring goals, it will be very interesting to see where he plays new signing Charlie Austin. Austin can score goals but not without a particular type of service. The other players mentioned have more than goals to their repertoire – so it looks like Sadio Mane could be on his way.’

It’s always good to see us represented in this way, and well played to Ward-Prowse for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

De Gea (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

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