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Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: Personal turnaround 50-50 with manager

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse admits manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's arrival has helped him turn his form around this season.

He's become an undroppable member of the team, scored a personal record amount of goals [seven] in a season, played a crucial role in keeping Saints in the Premier League and earned a second England cap for his efforts.

“I've always maintained that professionalism and that belief in myself, as a player and person, that I can overcome any situation," Ward-Prowse told the Daily Echo.

“For the manager to give me the opportunity was great but then it was up to me to make sure that I do what he wants so that I can stay in the team.

“I think I've done that so far and I want to finish the season as strong as I can.

“I can't really remember a lot of [the first half of the season] it if I'm being honest.

“I wasn't playing a massive part in what we were doing, and I was a very frustrated player on the side and in the stands.

“It's been such an up-and-down season but, from Christmas onwards, it's been nothing but positive and I've enjoyed probably my most favourable moments and run in the team.

“It has been a massive turnaround which is partly down to the manager and partly down to me. I needed to go and show him that I should be in the team. I am finishing on a high for sure."

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