Manager Mark Hughes has turned his attentions to the one-time capped England striker, as his other options have failed to impress, in what would be a very wise move.
Ings will be desperate to play after limited game time over the past three seasons, making just 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool. With just two days to adjust to life on the south coast, that may be all it takes for a player that may have a point to prove.
Hughes has been reluctant to rely on Charlie Austin during his tenure. Despite the former QPR man’s good return in front of goal, his fitness has been a concern for managers in the past, and has affected his chances of consistent game time, or even an England cap.
Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini have also struggled to find the net during their time at the Saints; the Irishman only scoring twice in 30 Premier League appearances last season. That is why it makes sense that Ings should feature straight away, whether from the bench or starting on Sunday.
It’s not necessarily guaranteed that Ings will bag 20 goals a season, but it is a new, fresh option for Hughes, which will be a welcome relief for him. Not to mention that the arrival of another striker will just increase the intensity and pressure on the other strikers, with greater competition for their position.
Southampton narrowly avoided relegation last season, and Hughes will certainly know that his luck will run out if his side do not improve this year. Danny Ings may be the player to inject a new drive and dynamism into the side and win them games, and he must feature this Sunday.