‘It’s a challenge’: Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Southampton can continue to thrive without Danny Ings after moving top of the Premier League without star man… as the Englishman faces six weeks out
- Danny Ings was injured late in Southamptons super 4-3 win over Aston Villa
- The Englishman has bagged five goals in seven matches for the high-flyers
- Southampton were able to win and go top of the Premier League on Friday
- Ralph Hasenhuttl believes his side can cope in the absence of the star striker
Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident table-topping Southampton can continue their sensational form without star man Danny Ings, who faces a spell on the sidelines.
The Saints moved top of the Premier League through goal-difference on Friday with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle, grabbing a third-straight win and extending to a sixth game unbeaten.
Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong stepped-up to bag the goals after Ings, who already has five goals in seven top-flight matches this season, was forced to miss out after injuring his knee against Aston Villa.
Southampton moved top of the league with a win at Newcastle, all without star Danny Ings
The striker was injured against Aston Villa and is facing up to six weeks out injured for surgery
Ings made a strong start to the Premier League season but the Saints must thrive without him
The forward was struck down late in the 4-3 triumph over Dean Smith’s side and looks set to face up to six weeks out for knee surgery, but the Saints boss has confidence in the rest of his squad.
‘I think we must see that we have played in the past without him and performed well,’ Hasenhuttl said.
‘Sure, it is a big loss but we must always be able to substitute one player out and not feel it, otherwise we wouldn’t work.
‘It’s always possible to score and it is possible to score without Ings or someone else. It’s a challenge and we have to go for it.’
Hasenhuttl has overseen an impressive start to the season which he plans on continuing
The prolific forward’s goalscoring form in the last year even earned him more England call ups
Ings’s took his searing 2019-20 form straight into the new campaign after bagging 22 goals and finishing equal-second with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Golden Boot standings last season.
The Englishman even earned his second international call-up – five years after the first – in the last round of Nations League matches, bagging his first goal for the Three Lions in a 3-0 deconstruction of Wales.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has been impressed: ‘I think he’s got such a presence on the pitch.
‘He can bend them in from 25 yards. He’s the leading man here and he’s put in some amazing performances for Southampton this season.
‘Last season they were relying on him but they’re getting better and better. They could go top of the league tonight and I hope it’s only six weeks out.’