Southampton have had a horrendous time in the Premier League this season as results and performances have not gone their way.
Mark Hughes has witnessed his side win just once so far as they sit just outside the bottom three, with the threat of Championship football being a realistic proposition if things do not improve immediately.
Despite having added players to their squad in the summer, the Saints continue to ship goals at an alarming rate, whilst they struggle to find their own at the other end, having netted just eight in their 12 games so far.
Danny Ings, who arrived from Liverpool initially on loan on transfer deadline day, has been in some form and has four strikes to his name in his 11 appearances for the club.
However, with it being reported that his deal will be made permanent at the end of the season for £20million, there will be questions over what the future holds for him and Southampton should they go down.
Ings has had his nightmares with injuries over his career, especially during his time at Liverpool, however, he has shown he can be a great striker on his day.
Despite there being a permanent clause in the agreement between the two Premier League clubs, the 26-year-old is unlikely to want to play in the Championship.
According to Spotrac, the forward is currently the club’s second highest earner on £75,000-a-week and will be deemed too expensive for the Saints to keep in the second-tier.
Southampton will need to start finding the goals and wins as quickly as possible to ensure they remain in the Premier League, otherwise what looked like a great addition this summer, could ruin them financially next season.
The Saints will return to action against Fulham, who have just replaced Slavisa Jokanovic with Claudio Ranieri, after the international break, and will see it as a must-win game, considering the calibre of opponents they will meet in December.
Games against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City await them in the final month of 2018, whilst they will also meet Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and West Ham United in matches they will feel they need to get points from.
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