Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse believes that he and his teammates are ready for take-off.

He insists that it is ‘still early in the season’ and that after this international break ‘it’s a great chance to hit the ground running’ against Newcastle.

Ward-Prowse featured in 30 of the Saints’ 38 Premier League matches last year but describes it as having being ‘a different type of season’. Southampton finished only two places lower than the sixth place of 2015/16 but their points total dropped from 63 to 46.

Another change of manager has brought Rafa Benitez former assistant Mauricio Pellegrino to St Mary’s and the 22 year midfielder thinks that there is a ‘positive building process in the making’.

James Ward-Prowse is full of confidence and can see Southampton ‘take the league by storm now’.

This will be news to many of the club’s fans, who despite a respectable eight points from seven games, aren’t seeing things quite so positively…

The Saints scored three goals when beating West Ham but have only managed two more in their other seven games this season (including a League Cup defeat to Wolves).

In fact scoring goals, particularly at home, is an issue/problem which has carried on from last season and from their last manager.

The last 10 matches at St Mary’s have seen nine games where Southampton fail to score.

If the Saints are to take the league by storm then they will have to start scoring a few goals, hopefully Newcastle fans have seen their fill of goals in that fixture for some time, with NUFC  having conceded 11 in the last three visits.

James Ward-Prowse:

“It is still early on in the season and we have to keep taking the positives from the games we have played and try and work on that to help us in the long run.

“It feels like a different type of season.

“Last year was very difficult because of the Europa League situation and a great cup run.

“This season we have a new manager, a new style of play and a few new signings as well which have had a positive impact on the team.

“It’s a building process still for us all, but it’s a positive one in the making.

After this two weeks, it’s a great chance (against Newcastle) for us to hit the ground running and (now) take the league by storm now.”

Southampton v Newcastle Match Betting:

Southampton win 5/6draw 27/10Newcastle win 15/4

NUFC win to nil 15/2 – Southampton not to score 18/5Merino to score first goal 16/1

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