Brighton manager Graham Potter is wary of the threat that Southampton striker Danny Ings could pose to his side ahead of the teams’ Premier League clash at St Mary’s tomorrow night.
The Saints striker has scored 19 league goals this season, putting him joint-third alongside Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race, and the Seagulls boss is acutely aware of the danger that the one-time England international possesses.
As per Sussex Live, Potter said about Ings ahead of the game: “To have that goalscoring threat is huge, but it’s not just his goals, he contributes to what the team is trying to do. Good luck to him, although I hope he has an off day when we play them.”
Ings is the second highest English scorer in this season’s Premier League behind current Golden Boot leader Jame Vardy on 23, with the Southampton man netting four times in his six matches since the league resumed last month.
Although he wasn’t on target when the Saints won 2-0 at Brighton in the opening weeks of the campaign, he provided the assist for Moussa Djenepo’s opener that afternoon, attesting to Potter’s verdict that the 27-year-old offers more than just a scoring threat to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Brighton’s defence has also been porous of late, with 11 goals conceded in their last four games, although those were against Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs, all of whom are in the top five. They have only been breached once in their other three post-lockdown games and managed to keep a clean sheet at Champions League-chasing Leicester. [via TransferMarkt]
Brighton are accustomed to facing the Premier League’s most potent scorers in recent weeks, having come up against Vardy, Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (the only players to match or better Ings’ 2019/20 goal tally) in recent weeks. Of that trio, only the Liverpool man found a way past the Seagulls’ defence.
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Therefore, they may feel confident of stifling Ings but, given the Southampton striker’s excellent goal return this season (just under half of his total Premier League goal tally has come in 2019/20 alone), Potter is right to flag up the threat of the 27-year-old, who has not had too many ‘off days’ of late.
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