It’s been a difficult first year at St Mary’s Stadium for former Liverpool striker Danny Ings as injuries again affected his season, and having joined initially on loan back in August with an expectation that the buy clause on the deal was an obligation, he’s only actually made 24 starting appearances for us.
With an additional showing from the bench, he did still manage to contribute eight goals to our campaign across all competitions and was one of the few bright sparks we seem to have prior to new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl making his mark on the first team squad, and the subsequent improvement we saw from some players as the season came to a close.
Speaking recently to the Daily Echo, Kevin Keegan was full of praise for the striker, and he backed him to bounce back strongly next season.
“He has never really had a good run at it and that’s the problem. When you play and pick up injuries, you never quite get up to match speed. He is obviously a very talented player to score goals at that level because he has done it before at Liverpool. He needs a bit of luck now and a run. Once he gets a run of games and starts scoring the goals, then the confidence will return and that’s what strikers really want. The more you play, the more opportunities you will get – and he will get plenty of those in that Southampton squad.”
In the full interview, Keegan also speaks about his time with us and it’s definitely worth a read.