Southampton go into their Monday night clash against Brighton at St. Mary’s off the back of a 2-0 victory versus Crystal Palace which came just before the international break.
Deadline-day signing Danny Ings was on the scoresheet that day, and his likely inclusion in Mark Hughes’ starting XI tomorrow is one that has Brighton boss Chris Hughton worried.
Speaking ahead of the game, Hughton said (via BT Sport): “What’s happened to him over the last couple of seasons is he’s picked up a couple of big injuries but there’s never been any doubt about the ability he’s got, hence the reason why he went to Liverpool and hence the reason why Liverpool think so highly of him.
“He’s started the season really well and has started the season like a player who has missed games and is desperate to play. That makes him a very difficult opponent.”
Out of all the Southampton players, Hughton is right to be wary about £7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ings in particular.
On top of the two Premier League goals he has to his name, Ings has been an overall threat in attack, constantly picking up dangerous positions in and around the penalty area.
The 26-year-old is in the process of developing what looks to be a promising partnership with Charlie Austin up front and, ultimately, is the signing Southampton desperately needed going into this season.
The Saints struggled in front of goal in the previous campaign but, if Ings can maintain this form and stay fit, then the team should drastically improve in that department and steer well clear of another relegation battle.