Luke's 'no reason to leave'

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

First published in Sport

James Ward-Prowse has joked that Luke Shaw’s “dopey” nature has helped him become a world class talent.

The two Saints youngsters are close friends having risen through the ranks at the academy together since the age of nine to make first team breakthroughs.

Ward-Prowse, pictured, insists footballing fame has not changed his mate and the dopey tendencies Shaw’s teammates rib him over might actually have aided his development.

“He’s still the same,” smiled Ward-Prowse when talking about Shaw.

“We knew him growing up as the dopey slow one of the group and then to see him going out and playing for England is quite strange.

“He’s a good lad and you hear about some players changing and becoming a different player but he’s become a better person for it I think. He’s a really good mate of mine.

“He was always talked about as being the next big thing and he’s lived up to that.

“For us as lads he was always the dopey one of the group so we never really thought he would be able to take to that level but he’s proved with his quality on the pitch he’s been a tremendous player for us this season.”

Ward-Prowse believes that Shaw’s character has helped him focus on his football and explained the dopey tag by joking: “We would do education work at the training ground and he’d always be last doing it and somebody would ask him a question and he’d get it wrong. That’s just him. It’s just his character.”

He added: “He got a promotion to the first team a couple of years ago and had injury concerns and his fitness wasn’t great but he got his head down and worked really hard at that. Credit to him because physically he’s one of the best in our team now.

“He’s someone I aspire to in that area of the game.

“There is no reason why any player, especially a young English player, who has come through would not want to be here.

“He’s playing regularly for Southampton who are pushing for European places and he’s getting that international recognition so there’s no reason why he’d want to change.

“The club, the players, the fans, the staff hope he stays.”

Ward-Prowse this afternoon makes an emotional return to Manchester City.

The midfielder was handed a shock top flight debut at the Etihad Stadium in the opening game of Saints’ return to the Premier League last season, which they narrowly lost 3-2.

“Corky (Jack Cork) was injured so I was playing most of the pre-season friendlies, so I had an inkling I would be starting,” remembered Ward-Prowse.

“To see it come up in the presentation before the game obviously made me so nervous.

“All that kept running through my head was that it was on TV, my Premier League debut against the champions and all the names I would be up against.

“But I think I settled in really quickly. “The warm-up was the worst because the crowd was building and building.

“All our fans were excited because it was our first game back in the Premier League. It was pretty nerve-wracking.”

He added: “I actually came off before we went 2-1 up, but I played a part in the first goal, which was good. I will always remember that, my little touch to Rickie.

“It was a good feeling and obviously the celebrations were special. The pictures of us all celebrating were unbelievable.”

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7:26am Sat 5 Apr 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

I love the way that the media like to talk to James WP.
I think he has become Saints unofficial spokesman on all things Saints.
He shows with his interviews and with his on- field play such confidence.
He never appears flustered and you can see how well he fits in,even with the senior players.
I think this lad has a great future in football hopefully a long time with the Saints.
COYS
I love the way that the media like to talk to James WP. I think he has become Saints unofficial spokesman on all things Saints. He shows with his interviews and with his on- field play such confidence. He never appears flustered and you can see how well he fits in,even with the senior players. I think this lad has a great future in football hopefully a long time with the Saints. COYS SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 19

7:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

City Saint says...

"Ward-Prowse, pictured, insists footballing fame has not changed his mate and the dopey tendencies Shaw’s teammates rib him over might actually have aided his development."

Maybe it's true that the longer you spend together, the more you look like each other, coz in that pic jwp bears a striking resemblance to shaw.

The echo copy desk is having a mare!
"Ward-Prowse, pictured, insists footballing fame has not changed his mate and the dopey tendencies Shaw’s teammates rib him over might actually have aided his development." Maybe it's true that the longer you spend together, the more you look like each other, coz in that pic jwp bears a striking resemblance to shaw. The echo copy desk is having a mare! City Saint
  • Score: 21

8:03am Sat 5 Apr 14

Saint Jinx says...

Don't wish to put the dampers on things, but I am not sure that helps anyone, labelling your team mate as "dopey". Personally, I don't think it's very nice, but on the other hand maybe there's a method in his madness. Perhaps Luke's head is beginning to be turned and JWP is doing his bit to keep him with us by reminding him that he is not yet a world superstar. Lots of maybes.

The problem is that banter can go a bit too far and, as everyone knows, words can hurt.
Don't wish to put the dampers on things, but I am not sure that helps anyone, labelling your team mate as "dopey". Personally, I don't think it's very nice, but on the other hand maybe there's a method in his madness. Perhaps Luke's head is beginning to be turned and JWP is doing his bit to keep him with us by reminding him that he is not yet a world superstar. Lots of maybes. The problem is that banter can go a bit too far and, as everyone knows, words can hurt. Saint Jinx
  • Score: -8

8:15am Sat 5 Apr 14

Stnana says...

" We knew him growing up as the dopey slow one of the group and then to see him going out and playing for England is quite strange ." I do not think this is any way to talk about a team mate let alone a friend. Maybe the Echo could let us know Luke's opinion of JWP !
" We knew him growing up as the dopey slow one of the group and then to see him going out and playing for England is quite strange ." I do not think this is any way to talk about a team mate let alone a friend. Maybe the Echo could let us know Luke's opinion of JWP ! Stnana
  • Score: -1

8:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

PompeySaves says...

Good luck to Saints today. Lets hope it's a good weekend for all teams along the south coast. Lets show the North!!!!!
Good luck to Saints today. Lets hope it's a good weekend for all teams along the south coast. Lets show the North!!!!! PompeySaves
  • Score: 15

8:47am Sat 5 Apr 14

Red Eyes says...

Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him!
Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him! Red Eyes
  • Score: 15

9:35am Sat 5 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Red Eyes wrote:
Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him!
Spot on. It's just mates having a laugh and a bit of banter.
[quote][p][bold]Red Eyes[/bold] wrote: Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him![/p][/quote]Spot on. It's just mates having a laugh and a bit of banter. Clever Dick
  • Score: 9

9:38am Sat 5 Apr 14

Dickosfc says...

Stnana wrote:
" We knew him growing up as the dopey slow one of the group and then to see him going out and playing for England is quite strange ." I do not think this is any way to talk about a team mate let alone a friend. Maybe the Echo could let us know Luke's opinion of JWP !
^^^^^^^ is this guy serious???? jeezzz!!
[quote][p][bold]Stnana[/bold] wrote: " We knew him growing up as the dopey slow one of the group and then to see him going out and playing for England is quite strange ." I do not think this is any way to talk about a team mate let alone a friend. Maybe the Echo could let us know Luke's opinion of JWP ![/p][/quote]^^^^^^^ is this guy serious???? jeezzz!! Dickosfc
  • Score: 3

9:39am Sat 5 Apr 14

apm1954 says...

no 23 luke shaw.
no 23 luke shaw. apm1954
  • Score: -4

9:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I reckon a slow responder is better than a volatile person that acts first and regrets later, Lukes talent is in his boots, not in his head and that would appear to make him a better footballer. Just because you don't wipe the floor in the Pub quiz, doesn't make you a lesser person. The epithet "dopey" is I am sure a leg pull, and no doubt JWP is called "The Boffin" behind his back.
I reckon a slow responder is better than a volatile person that acts first and regrets later, Lukes talent is in his boots, not in his head and that would appear to make him a better footballer. Just because you don't wipe the floor in the Pub quiz, doesn't make you a lesser person. The epithet "dopey" is I am sure a leg pull, and no doubt JWP is called "The Boffin" behind his back. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:51am Sat 5 Apr 14

beanwalking says...

sticks and stone will break some bones but nick names never hurt me. some people need to get a life. Its all good friends banter as it should be. All this political correctness cr*p. I am sure Luke gives as good as he gets, and the senior lads would sort out any bullying.
sticks and stone will break some bones but nick names never hurt me. some people need to get a life. Its all good friends banter as it should be. All this political correctness cr*p. I am sure Luke gives as good as he gets, and the senior lads would sort out any bullying. beanwalking
  • Score: 9

10:25am Sat 5 Apr 14

Little Hitler says...

I can see the headlines...

"Shaw out of City game with a broken heart because his best mate called him Dopey"

Get real, those 2 lads will be having a laugh about this over their breakfast.

Ward-Prowse 1 Dopey 0
I can see the headlines... "Shaw out of City game with a broken heart because his best mate called him Dopey" Get real, those 2 lads will be having a laugh about this over their breakfast. Ward-Prowse 1 Dopey 0 Little Hitler
  • Score: 12

10:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

legod7 says...

At the other end of the scale. Graeme Le Saux used to get ribbed because he read the Guardian. He did not affect him or his ability to play football.
At the other end of the scale. Graeme Le Saux used to get ribbed because he read the Guardian. He did not affect him or his ability to play football. legod7
  • Score: 5

10:43am Sat 5 Apr 14

jrod11 says...

If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad.
If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad. jrod11
  • Score: -3

10:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

Golden_Salamander says...

I think JWP is just pointing out that Luke would be LOST at another Club without his mates that he has grown up with since he was 8.(jwp, Calum, Harrison etc.)

Like any group of mates they are all close and feed off the BANTER that exists within the group. That is where a lot of their (mental) strength in games comes from - "the togetherness".

IMO I think Luke might struggle at another club just know and his career to become the "best left back" would go sideways rather than upwards and I think Jwp is just reminding Luke of that before he gets his "head turned".
I think JWP is just pointing out that Luke would be LOST at another Club without his mates that he has grown up with since he was 8.(jwp, Calum, Harrison etc.) Like any group of mates they are all close and feed off the BANTER that exists within the group. That is where a lot of their (mental) strength in games comes from - "the togetherness". IMO I think Luke might struggle at another club just know and his career to become the "best left back" would go sideways rather than upwards and I think Jwp is just reminding Luke of that before he gets his "head turned". Golden_Salamander
  • Score: 11

11:08am Sat 5 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

legod7 wrote:
At the other end of the scale. Graeme Le Saux used to get ribbed because he read the Guardian. He did not affect him or his ability to play football.
It's all relative. Down the road they think a player is intelligent if he reads the Beano. Obviously their fans are unable to make a judgement as they are unable to read at all.
[quote][p][bold]legod7[/bold] wrote: At the other end of the scale. Graeme Le Saux used to get ribbed because he read the Guardian. He did not affect him or his ability to play football.[/p][/quote]It's all relative. Down the road they think a player is intelligent if he reads the Beano. Obviously their fans are unable to make a judgement as they are unable to read at all. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

11:09am Sat 5 Apr 14

J7junctionseven says...

jrod11 wrote:
If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad.
And you, judging by some of your inane comments lately.
Seem's as though you crave a bit of attention. Do you not have many friends?
[quote][p][bold]jrod11[/bold] wrote: If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad.[/p][/quote]And you, judging by some of your inane comments lately. Seem's as though you crave a bit of attention. Do you not have many friends? J7junctionseven
  • Score: -6

11:09am Sat 5 Apr 14

Tony in Liberia says...

What a bunch of twonkers the Echo journalists are sometimes. JWP is a young guy, not used to interviews, and he says something that is obviously a private, in-comment that, had he thought about it, he would not have said in public. You can tell that in the way he tries to explain it. I call my best mate a tanker to his face all the time; I would hate to have the Echo print "Tony thinks Rob is a tanker".

The Echo, in their haste to have a story, print something that I, when I used to do a bit of journalism, would of had the sense to leave out. If I was JWP I wouldn't speak to them again - at least not without a club media specialist next to me, whispering the right platitude in my ear.

The result is that next time JWP does an interview, he will make sure he says absolutely nothing, and trots out the same on-message, full of air but signifying nothing, rubbish you get in politician-speak.
What a bunch of twonkers the Echo journalists are sometimes. JWP is a young guy, not used to interviews, and he says something that is obviously a private, in-comment that, had he thought about it, he would not have said in public. You can tell that in the way he tries to explain it. I call my best mate a tanker to his face all the time; I would hate to have the Echo print "Tony thinks Rob is a tanker". The Echo, in their haste to have a story, print something that I, when I used to do a bit of journalism, would of had the sense to leave out. If I was JWP I wouldn't speak to them again - at least not without a club media specialist next to me, whispering the right platitude in my ear. The result is that next time JWP does an interview, he will make sure he says absolutely nothing, and trots out the same on-message, full of air but signifying nothing, rubbish you get in politician-speak. Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 3

11:17am Sat 5 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

J7junctionseven wrote:
jrod11 wrote:
If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad.
And you, judging by some of your inane comments lately.
Seem's as though you crave a bit of attention. Do you not have many friends?
Actually there may be some truth in this after all. It takes one to know one and as dopey goes this tw@t is clearly top of the league.
[quote][p][bold]J7junctionseven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jrod11[/bold] wrote: If you listen to Shaw talk you would say Dopey is a big compliment to the poor lad.[/p][/quote]And you, judging by some of your inane comments lately. Seem's as though you crave a bit of attention. Do you not have many friends?[/p][/quote]Actually there may be some truth in this after all. It takes one to know one and as dopey goes this tw@t is clearly top of the league. Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

11:34am Sat 5 Apr 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Red Eyes wrote:
Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him!
Spot on. It's just mates having a laugh and a bit of banter.
banter that would have been going on for years, they have been teammates for 10years FFS. I`m sure that JWP will have a nickname, but if its anything like we call people from poopey the players are never going to say it in public, and I doubt JWP is worried about it.
its great to see a bunch of kids come through to the first team together and enjoy each others success as much as they do. i hope they can continue to enjoy playing together for saints for a long time to come. will they be talked about in the future like the manure class of `92?
very exciting times to be a saint, and no matter what the score today we still have every of equalling if not beating our best prem season ever.
when we win though, Norgie don't forget that freddie flintoff is a mancy fan!
COYR`s
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Red Eyes[/bold] wrote: Have a word you lot! Footballers get abused as it is I'm sure his mate calling him 'dopey' is not going to bother him. The guy has not long ago made his England debut he must still be buzzing in dreamland, his mate having a little joke dig at him through the press will not bother him![/p][/quote]Spot on. It's just mates having a laugh and a bit of banter.[/p][/quote]banter that would have been going on for years, they have been teammates for 10years FFS. I`m sure that JWP will have a nickname, but if its anything like we call people from poopey the players are never going to say it in public, and I doubt JWP is worried about it. its great to see a bunch of kids come through to the first team together and enjoy each others success as much as they do. i hope they can continue to enjoy playing together for saints for a long time to come. will they be talked about in the future like the manure class of `92? very exciting times to be a saint, and no matter what the score today we still have every of equalling if not beating our best prem season ever. when we win though, Norgie don't forget that freddie flintoff is a mancy fan! COYR`s el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Look what "Dopey" posted? Not as daft as he is made out to be?
https://twitter.com/
SimonPeach/status/45
2498360965267457/pho
to/1
Look what "Dopey" posted? Not as daft as he is made out to be? https://twitter.com/ SimonPeach/status/45 2498360965267457/pho to/1 OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

1:01am Sun 6 Apr 14

techsture says...

Its the worst kept secret in football that he's already pre-signed for Chelsea, His family spilled it, his mates spilled it, The club is bringing out these BS stories of financial wrongdoings of the last regime to jusitify it.

Take it from me, put everything you have on Shaw to Chelsea after Summer transfer window. Thank me for it come August.
Its the worst kept secret in football that he's already pre-signed for Chelsea, His family spilled it, his mates spilled it, The club is bringing out these BS stories of financial wrongdoings of the last regime to jusitify it. Take it from me, put everything you have on Shaw to Chelsea after Summer transfer window. Thank me for it come August. techsture
  • Score: -2

4:06pm Mon 7 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

JWP is going to Liverpool, he has been getting lessons in Scouse from Rickie.
JWP is going to Liverpool, he has been getting lessons in Scouse from Rickie. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

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