Southampton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side end a 15-year wait for an FA Cup semi-final by dispatching of giant-killers Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the last eight on Sunday.
The South Coast club got past Fulham, Watford, and West Brom to reach the quarter-finals of the world’s oldest club competition, thus providing some respite for our resident Saints fans given their team’s poor Premier League campaign to date. And Mark Hughes’ men kept the cup run going on Sunday as goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares saw off Paul Cook’s Wigan, thus earning Southampton a semi-final clash with Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley next month.
As such, there have been many buoyant Saints supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side’s fine cup run can inspire them to safety in the Premier League, what with Hughes’ men currently third-bottom in the top-flight.
Yet several of our resident Southampton fans are already looking ahead to the summer and what business their side may do if they avoid the drop, with many believing that Liverpool striker Danny Ings should make the move to St Mary’s in a bid to kick-start his career.
Ultimately, things have been tough for the 25-year-old since his move to Anfield from Burnley back in 2015, with injuries restricting the one-time England international to just 19 senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, just ten of which have come in the Premier League.
And with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah continuing to impress upfront for the Merseysiders, it’s difficult to see Ings commanding regular football at Anfield anytime soon, as evidenced by the fact that he has failed to start a league game in the last few months despite returning to full fitness.
Yes, Klopp will undoubtedly be easing him back into contention following an 11-month spell on the sidelines, thus the few appearances, but his long-term prospects at Anfield look bleak given the form and overall abilities of Firmino, Mane, and Salah.
And having had a taste of international football with England back in 2015, he is surely going to want to chase after that again, but it may require him to move away from Anfield to get it.
And that is why he must make the move to Southampton if they remain in the Premier League this season.
The Saints’ biggest problem this term has been their lack of goals, with Charlie Austin their top goal-scorer with just six goals so far from just 16 league appearances.
And if Hughes’ side are to move to the next level in the years to come, they simply have to be more effective and lethal in the final third, and Ings could help them do just that.
Yes, he hasn’t had loads of Premier League experience, but he earned a move to Liverpool after netting 11 goals for Burnley in the top-flight back in the 2014/15 campaign, so he certainly knows where the goal is at top-tier level.
And that could be invaluable for Southampton next term, with it clear from their struggles this time round, and arguably last season as well, that the attacking ranks simply aren’t good enough to keep them in the top-half of the Premier League.
Thus, the Saints need a goal-scorer like Ings to help take them back to the top ten, while Ings needs a club like Southampton, who aren’t blessed with countless striking options, to get the minutes and thus return to his pre-injury level, a level that earned him an England cap.
As such, the £7.2 million-rated Liverpool outcast (as per Transfermarkt) should make the move to the South Coast in the summer in a bid to kick-start his career.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!