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Opinion: Ings’ promising start to the season could be a double-edged sword for Southampton

Opinion: Ings’ promising start to the season could be a double-edged sword for Southampton

Since their draw to Burnley on the opening weekend of this new Premier League season and back-to-back defeats against Everton and Leicester City, results have improved for Southampton.

The Saints picked up their first league win of the campaign when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park and have just taken a point away from their 2-2 encounter with Brighton last night.

Performances as a whole, though, have not been entirely convincing with Mark Hughes’ men having thrown away a 2-0 lead in their recent draw with Brighton.

However, one man who has been performing exceptionally well since the season began, is Danny Ings.

£7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ings arrived at St. Mary’s on loan with an obligation to buy from Liverpool on deadline day and has looked to have solved a massive problem at the club.

Last season, Southampton struggled for goals up front — which was a large reason as to why they became embroiled in a relegation battle — but, in Ings, they appear to have a player who can drastically help them in that area.

The 26-year-old already has three Premier League goals to his name and, if he can remain fit, then he is well on his way to reaching double figures.

Southampton’s decision to agree to making Ings’ loan deal a permanent in the future looks to be a good one; however, the England international could attract suitors should he maintain his current form.

Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a huger admirer with Tottenham having chased Ings’ signature before he left Burnley for Liverpool back in the summer of 2015 (via Sky Sports), and it would not be a surprise to see the north London club resurrect their interest in him.

And, as Southampton have shown on plenty occasions in the past, they will sell for the right price.

For now, though, the Saints can take pleasure in having someone like Ings leading the line. But, if he continues playing like this, it may not be for very long.

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