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Mark Hughes is wise to take cautious approach with Ings at Southampton

Mark Hughes is wise to take cautious approach with Ings at Southampton

Southampton have not had the best of starts to the new Premier League campaign after drawing 0-0 with Burnley before losing 2-1 against Everton. 

However, one positive the Saints can take away from their two opening fixtures is how well Danny Ings has slotted into the team, although manager Mark Hughes has a word of warning for supporters.

The Breakdown

Speaking ahead of Southampton’s clash against Leicester City, Hughes said (via Daily Mirror): “Danny is just looking to have a strong, solid season with plenty of games. If he has that kind of season we know he can score goals.

“But we don’t want to place too many targets too soon as he is still coming back from a long time out. We have to be a little patient with him. He has the potential to score goals.”

As mentioned by Hughes, with Ings just coming back from a serious injury, Southampton cannot afford to solely rely on the £7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) 26-year-old and think he can solve all of their issues.

While Ings is capable of scoring goals, something the Saints struggled with last season, the likes of other new signings Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong also need to be pulling their weight by creating chances.

Ultimately, Ings has looked good in the couple of appearances he has made for Southampton. But, given that he only recently returned to full fitness and the fact he has been susceptible to serious injuries, the Saints simply cannot put all of their eggs in one basket by chucking too much responsibility at the striker.

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