Merson claims Aston Villa would be nowhere near the drop if £20m star played for them

Danny Ings during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on August 10, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Aston Villa are lacking a striker, while Southampton forward Danny Ings has hit 14 goals in the Premier League already this season.

Danny Ings of Southampton applauds the traveling fans during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Leicester,...

Paul Merson has told The Debate, which was broadcast on Sky Sports, that Aston Villa would never be in relegation trouble if they had Southampton striker Danny Ings in their team.

Villa slipped into the bottom three at the weekend, as they were hammered 6-1 by Manchester City.

Dean Smith’s side are currently struggling for striking options, with Wesley ruled out for the season.

And Merson feels that the difference between a team like Villa and Southampton is Ings.

“If you’ve got a centre forward who is going to get you 15 goals, I’d be very shocked if you were going to get relegated,” Merson said.

 

“If he was playing for Aston Villa, they wouldn’t be third bottom.”

Southampton paid £20 million to sign Ings from Liverpool on a permanent move in the summer (BBC Sport), and he has gone on to be a brilliant addition.

Ings has scored 14 goals in the Premier League so far this term, which has propelled the Saints into 12th place in the table.

Danny Ings of Southampton scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on January 01, 2020 in Southampton,...

Villa are looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window, and it will be vital that they make the right choice over who to buy.

Smith’s men clearly need an injection of quality if they are to avoid the drop and an immediate return back to the Championship.

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