Derby day heroics are one way to cement yourself as a favourite with any team, but for Southampton fans, scoring a brace against the old enemy is certain to immortalise yourself in club folklore forever.
Danny Ings elevated himself onto a new level of recognition amongst Saints fans on Tuesday night when the striker bagged two goals against Portsmouth in a 4-0 League Cup win over Southampton’s fierce south coast rivals.
The attacker’s performance will go down in club history as one of the most important against Pompey, and this legendary showcasing should be what spurs Ings on to continue his good form into the upcoming Premier League games, especially with who Southampton have coming up next.
Indeed, a trip to the capital is next on the agenda for the Saints as they face Tottenham for the first time at their new stadium, and luckily for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side and Ings, Spurs find themselves in a spot of bother.
The north London side, just like Portsmouth, crashed out of the League Cup this week following a disappointing loss to Colchester United on penalties, and their last game in the league saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side throw away a 1-0 lead to Leicester City to lose 2-1 to the Foxes.
With Spurs in a slump and Ings likely to be fired up following his midweek performance, the former Liverpool striker will be eyeing this weekend as a chance to increase his lowly Premier League tally of one as numbers from Transfermarkt show.
As well as a trip to a side currently out of form, the proceeding fixture sees Southampton welcome Chelsea to St. Mary’s. Another top-six side, sure, but as we have seen this season, the Blues under Frank Lampard are not the Premier League behemoth we all remember.
The west London side are yet to keep a clean sheet all season as numbers from Transfermarkt show, and with Ings already managing to score against top-six opposition this year already in the form of Liverpool, the striker should again be seeing this game as a chance to make a significant impact.
Ings will be remembered by Saints fans for years following his performance against Portsmouth this week, and now the striker has the chance to carry this impressive form over against two sides who the 27-year-old attacker has a seemingly good chance of scoring against.