Southampton got their first win of the campaign as Mark Hughes’ men beat Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Saints as they’ve struggled to translate their reasonably positive transfer window into the Premier League season. On Saturday, however, Southampton looked a different side. Compact, energetic, and on top from the start, Southampton were too much for a Crystal Palace side without their talisman, Wilfred Zaha.
Zaha’s absence once again showed that without him, Palace will struggle. For Southampton, however, it looks as though they’ve found their own talisman up front – Danny Ings.
The former Liverpool striker scored the crucial opener for Mark Hughes yesterday as he started up front with Shane Long.
Signing the striker on an initial loan in lieu of completing the permanent transfer next season, Southampton desperately needed a striker to compete and play with Charlie Austin.
Although Austin started from the bench yesterday, the two are going to be key in pushing Southampton up the table and closer to the top-half.
Having suffered a terrible time at Liverpool due to injuries, Ings was never really able to showcase his talent but in only four games for Southampton, we’re seeing that Hughes may have made a key piece of business over the summer.
Valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt, Ings has scored two goals already for the club, and if he can stay fit for Southampton, there’s no doubt that he’ll reach double figures this year.
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