Southampton icon Francis Benali has addressed his concerns regarding Tottenham Hotspur target Danny Ings and has admitted his ‘worry’ that the former Liverpool star could leave the club when the transfer window eventually re-opens.
According to reports from The Daily Star, Jose Mourinho has turned his attention to adding further ammunition to the Lilywhites’ attacking armoury following long-term injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.
Ings, 27, has been in scintillating form in the Premier League this season – and scored against Tottenham during both of domestic fixtures against the north-Londoners and was also on the scoresheet during an FA Cup replay earlier this year.
However, speaking with Sky Sports News (16/03/20 at 14:25 pm), Benali expressed his fears that many of the Premier League’s top-clubs will come after Southampton’s 18-goal hot-shot in the summer.
“He has been outstanding,” Benali told Sky Sports. “He has been a huge reason behind Southampton’s turnaround and their fortunes. We know the quality he possesses.
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“It’s always been a case of keeping him fit and keeping him on the pitch. He is doing that now, he’s looking after himself extremely well and that confidence is there for everyone to see. The goals that he scores. He has to be in the England frame.
“That is always the concern. Anyone who has played well, it is a worry [that he’ll leave] and history shows that [for Southampton]. Quite rightly. I think anybody that performs well, at any club really, at Man City or Liverpool, if they are catching the eye then there will be other clubs interested in signing players.
“The form Danny Ings has been in this season. The goals he has scored, for sure. There are going to be clubs who will want a player of his calibre and he’ll be attracting some interest.”
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The former Liverpool man was brought to Anfield by Brendan Rodgers for a fee of £8m [BBC Sport] back in 2015. He clocked up just 25 appearances for the Reds during a three-year- scoring three goals during a period that was hindered due to two ACL injuries
Ings’ revival this season is one of the great success stories of the season. His gargantuan rise back to the pinnacle of top-flight football is testament to the player’s unwavering mentality.
He is in the best form of his career currently and hasn’t been as devestating in front of goal since his inaugural PL season with Burnley where he clocked up 11 goals and four assists back in 2014/15 forcing Liverpool to take action and sign the striker.
Tottenham are in desperate need of an attacking outlet considering their recent misfortunes that have seen them crash out of the FA Cup, Champions League and seriously struggling to make the top-four.
Ings would certainly fit the bill for Mourinho and is a player that could aid the burden left on countryman Kane to supply the goals for Tottenham.