Theo Walcott believes James Ward-Prowse is a BETTER free-kick taker than David Beckham and has overtaken England legend to become the Premier League’s set-piece king
- James Ward-Prowse has scored three direct free-kicks so far this season
- Southampton team-mate Theo Walcott has heaped praise on his dead-ball ability
- Walcott believes Ward-Prowse is better at free-kicks than David Beckham was
- Walcott played with Beckham for England at the start of his international career
Ward-Prowse has already scored three free-kicks this season, two behind Beckham’s season record of five, and has become a huge threat from dead-ball situations outside the opposition area.
Walcott played with Beckham in the England set-up, and despite him being known around the world for his impressive free-kicks, the Southampton winger believes Ward-Prowse is even better.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse has become a free-kick specialist for his team
Already this season, the England midfielder has fired in three direct free-kicks for the Saints
Speaking to talkSPORT, Walcott said: ‘After every training session I see James taking free-kicks. I just sit there and remember watching Beckham all those years ago.
‘I always thought I should have got involved with free-kicks but he was just too good. Now I see James and think, “You’re better.”
‘It’s just the way he adjusts his run-up and is always match-prepared. It is brilliant to watch and it is showing. He is always such a threat, especially when you have got us players running at defenders and trying to win free-kicks.
Theo Walcott believes Ward-Prowse is better at free-kicks than England hero David Beckham
Walcott (right) played with Beckham early in his career and is now at Southampton once more
‘It is almost like a penalty for him these days, a good weapon to have.’
Southampton are flying high in the Premier League this season, in part due to Ward-Prowse’s goals from outside the box, and currently sit fourth in the table.
Only Tottenham, Liverpool and Leicester are above them, and next up they face an intriguing game away at crisis club Arsenal looking to further strengthen their position in the top four.
Ward-Prowse fires in a free-kick against Aston Villa, one of his three already this season