Why Southampton should certainly sign Liverpool flop Danny Ings this summer
Southampton must bounce back from a disastrous campaign last time out, which saw the club narrowly miss the drop after occupying the final safe spot in the table. The club have faced a lot of criticism in recent years for being unable to hold onto their best players and instead, deciding to cash in on them. The Saints have always seamlessly replaced their departed stars, but the last season definitely took a toll on them.
The Saints have ironically been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Danny Ings. It’s usually Liverpool who do their shopping at Southampton but this time, things could work in the opposite way. Danny Ings played for Southampton during his youth days and manager Mark Hughes is keen on bringing the out-of-favour striker back to the St. Mary’s.
Ings joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015 after taking the Premier League by storm with former club Burnley. He scored 11 goals in 35 league appearances for the Clarets, which saw him earn his dream move to the Merseyside club.
But since his arrival at Anfield, Ings has endured a largely frustrating spell on the sidelines. His Liverpool career was completely shadowed and blighted by a number of injury troubles, the last of which almost kept him out for two years.
Since he joined Liverpool in 2015, Danny Ings has only been able to muster a total of 14 appearances. That’s a shockingly bad statistic to carry. He has only been able to score 3 goals in that time.
It’s clear that his career with Jurgen Klopp’s men is pretty much over and the former Burnley striker should look for pastures anew. Moving to the Saints could be a way out for the Liverpool man. Barring his injury crisis, Ings is a talented striker to have. He made a total of just 3 appearances in the league last season, scoring 1 goal in that time.
The 25-year-old is a menace and a deadly finisher in the six-yard box. Whenever provided with a regular run in the squad, Ings has often displayed what he is capable of. He is brilliant at timing his runs and linking up with the other teammates.
Southampton could use some added firepower, considering the fact that their attack looked blank and toothless last season. Ings would provide enough cover for Shane Long and Charlie Austin. With him in the ranks, Mark Hughes would have the depth and strength needed to take the Saints back to the top. Ings should certainly make the move and it seems like a win-win situation for both parties.