James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick goal for Southampton is considered ‘one of the best of all time’
James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick against Wolves has been called ‘one of the best of all time’ by fans online.
Southampton were beaten 3-1 at the Molineux Stadium, but they came away with something of a consolation thanks to the England midfielder’s stunning effort from long range.
In the 84th minute, the 27-year-old kicked his free-kick into the top right corner of the Wolves net despite using the inside of his football and being positioned to the left of goal.
The reaction to the sublime strike has been abundant.
One said: “Bow James Ward Prowse, one of the best free-kick takers I’ve ever seen in the Premier League.”
Another commented: “James Ward-Prowse has a 20 free kick attribute on #FM22 for a reason! The best bins!”
A third said: “James ward-prowse is one of the most underrated midfielders of our generation.”
One wrote: “James Ward-Prowse is one of the best free kick takers of his generation. We don’t talk about it because he plays for a mid-table team.
Another lamented the star with: “James Ward-Prowse deserves to start being talked about as one of the greatest free-kick takers of all time. Like, seriously.
“Your Juninho Pernanbucanos, your Marcos Assunçaos, your Juan Arangos, your Sinisa Mihajlovics and others that I don’t think of.”
The goal was, in effect, a consolation with the home side leading 2-0 by the time the strike was taken.
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Raul Jimenez opened the scoring from the spot before captain Conor Coady doubled the lead.
Then Ward-Prowse’s free-kick – his 12th in the Premier League – was followed by Adama Traore, who scored his first goal of the season in injury time.
Victory sees Wolves move up to eighth in the table, with Saints seven points behind in 12th place.
Brentford’s Thomas Frank recently explained how Ward-Prowse could be the best free-kick taker in the world.
“Ward-Prowse may be the best free kick taker in the league, maybe even the best free kick taker in the world,” Frank said.
“There is a southpaw at PSG who is right up there who is also very good. So maybe Ward-Prowse is the best right-footed free-kick taker in the world.
“So many times he just puts it in the top corner. It’s not the same as a penalty, but it’s close enough for Ward-Prowse. So we have to be aware of that, trying not to give a foul around the box.