Picking positives for Southampton after their hammering by Chelsea isn’t easy, but one player can hold his head high after a promising performance.
Striker Danny Ings scored the Saints’ only goal of the game after some fantastic build-up play from right-back Yan Valery on the right-hand side, taking his tally for the season to five goals in all competitions; three in the Premier League (via Transfermarkt).
Ings has now found the back of the net against three of the divisions ‘top-six’ after scoring against the Blues. The Winchester-born frontman scored against Liverpool in August and was again on the scoresheet against Tottenham last weekend during the Saints’ 2-1 defeat in north London.
Having joined Southampton from Liverpool last summer, it’s no surprise that Ings is comfortable performing against the league’s bigger sides. The 27-year-old’s overall performance against Chelsea earned him a rating of 7.12/10 from WhoScored – more than any other Southampton player on the pitch.
Ings also registered the highest pass completion rate from any Saints player on Sunday (77.8%, per WhoScored), while he was the only player to register more than one shot on target throughout the whole encounter with two efforts on goal – the only other Saints player to register a single shot on target was centre-half Maya Yoshida, which alone sums up the performance from the hosts.
Southampton have now lost their last three league games and sit precariously above the relegation zone on goal difference alone. They face a tricky run-in after the international break, with the visit of fourth-placed Leicester City proceeding a trip to Wolves in a fortnight’s time.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men then face Manchester City twice in the space of a week, firstly in the Carabao Cup and then in the league (per Soccerway), so are in desperate need of an up in performance to ensure they don’t find themselves in further danger heading into the festive period.
They will be heavily reliant on Danny Ings to once again step up to the plate, just like he has done so well for the club this season.
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