‘Cool and collected’: West Ham’s 28-year-old leaves BBC pundit in awe against Man City

James Ward-Prowse left BBC pundit Steve Claridge in awe after producing a “cool and composed” finish for West Ham United against Manchester City this Saturday.

The 28-year-old gave the Hammers the lead against the reigning Premier League champions at the London Stadium. Ward-Prowse made the breakthrough in the 36th minute with his second goal of the season. He also scored the opening goal as the Irons beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1.

Ward-Prowse is already one of the new signings of the season following his move to West Ham in August. David Moyes finally landed his goal in one 30 million pounds Transfer from Southampton following Saints’ relegation. He helped Moyes replace their old captain Declan Rice.

West Ham United's James Ward-Prowse scores against Manchester City in the Premier League
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Ward-Prowse’s goal gave West Ham a 1-0 lead over Manchester City

Moyes has featured Ward-Prowse in all four of West Ham’s top-flight games since moving to east London. He was not in time to feature in the Hammers’ opening draw against AFC Bournemouth. But the England international, who has already won 11 caps, has proven he offers excellent value for money.

Ward-Prowse provided two assists on his Irons debut to secure a 3-1 win over Chelsea at the London Stadium. Nayef Aguerd buried the Portsmouth-born star’s corner before assisting Michail Antonio. Both goals gave the Hammers a 1-0 and 2-1 lead over their London rivals.

Brighton then fell victim to Ward-Prowse’s first goal in claret and blue as the midfielder gave Moyes’ side a 1-0 lead. While Kurt Zouma repeated Aguerd’s attempt by heading the 28-year-old’s corner into the goal at Luton Town. So Pep Guardiola will have known he would be a problem.

But Manchester City couldn’t stop Ward-Prowse from scoring his second goal since joining West Ham this Saturday. The Southampton-born former Saints captain put the ball in the lead with a header. He stormed into the penalty area and found Vladimir Coufal’s ball from the right.

Claridge was delighted with Ward-Prowse’s rare header at the London Stadium

West Ham United's James Ward-Prowse celebrates his goal against Manchester City in the Premier League
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A Ward-Prowse header is a rare sight as he had never scored with his head before his game against Brighton in December. The midfielder beat new Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to score Southampton’s consolation goal during their 3-1 Premier League home defeat to the Seagulls.

This time, however, Ward-Prowse’s header gave West Ham a 1-0 lead against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. It also fascinated ex-Portsmouth star Claridge.

“What a result!” Claridge continued to shout BBC Radio 5 Live. “Really cool and composed finish from James Ward-Prowse.”

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Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing EmmaBowman@ustimetoday.com.

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