Southampton have this evening announced the signing of Liverpool forward Danny Ings on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 9, 2018
‘We’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us’
On signing Ings Southampton manager Mark Hughes stated,
“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us.
“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.
“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.
“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove.
“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”
A lack of goals
Southampton had a tough 2017/18 Premier League season. They finished 17th in the league and avoided relegation by just three points.
A large reason for Southampton struggling last season was due to their lack of goals.
In 38 Premier League games Southampton scored just 37 goals. Furthermore, all of their strikers struggled to find the back of the net.
Charlie Austin finished the Saints top scorer on just seven goals. Manolo Gabbiadini did even worse and scored just five league goals.
Furthermore, Shane Long managed just two Premier League goals in the 2017/18 season.
Fourteen goals between three strikers over a full season is simply unacceptable and Southampton need to improve their forwards otherwise they could face another relegation battle next season and Ings could be the man to help them do so.