How close is James Ward-Prowse to breaking the all-time PL free-kick record after winner vs Chelsea?

Southampton star James Ward-Prowse took another step towards history on Saturday, courtesy of his latest moment of set-piece brilliance.

The name of English international Ward-Prowse, of course, took its place centre stage in the headlines once more this afternoon.

This came upon his Southampton side making the trip to the capital, for a meeting with big-spending Chelsea.

The Saints headed into proceedings sitting dead bottom of the table, and still without a permanent replacement in charge on the back of the dismissal of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

And yet, despite all of the odds being against them, when all was said and done at Stamford Bridge, it was Southampton who went on to emerge on the right side of the result.

This came owing to a solitary moment of magic on the part of the aforementioned Ward-Prowse, whose set-piece finish on the stroke of the interval ultimately proved the game’s decisive moment:

As alluded to above, though, JWP’s strike did not only prove significant in guiding his side to what could prove to be an absolutely crucial three points.

In addition, it saw the midfielder inch ever closer to English football history.

As confirmed in the game’s aftermath, Ward-Prowse has now racked up a hefty 17 direct free-kick goals across his Premier League career.

This leaves the 28-year-old just one adrift of all-time leader David Beckham in the set-piece charts:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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