Gareth Barry has backed Danny Ings on Sky Sports (26/09/20 at 10:10 pm) for ‘another big move’ after it ‘didn’t work out’ for him at Liverpool because of injury problems.
The former England midfielder stated that he’s ‘delighted’ the striker has found his scoring touch once again at Southampton after he helped his team to a 1-0 win at Burnley over the weekend.
Liverpool sold Ings to his boyhood club in 2019 for £20 million [BBC Sport] after injuries didn’t allow him to showcase his talents to the Anfield crowd.
A stat was shown where, since the end of September 2019, Ings has scored 24 Premier League goals, more than Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang – Jamie Vardy just nipped ahead of him after his hat-trick against Manchester City yesterday.
Nonetheless, Barry praised Ings for his turnaround ever since he parted ways with the Merseyside giants.
“If you look at that list the names he is ahead of and the quality,” Barry told Sky Sports. “He’s in a team where they’re not dominating possession all the time and probably not creating as many chances as other strikers. For him to be on top of that list is a lot of credit to Danny.
“I am delighted for him. It didn’t quite work out for him at Liverpool with the injuries and stuff. So, he had a bit to prove.
“I am delighted that he has come and shown the Southampton fans what he’s all about and why a club like Liverpool did [initially] sign him. If he can keep that going then there might be another big move on the back of it.”
Biggest Premier League transfer deadline day deals in 2019
Arsenal to Everton: £34 million
Rennes to Watford: £30 million
Fulham to Tottenham: £25 million
Celtic to Arsenal: £25 million
Sampdoria to Leicester: £18 million
Without Ings’ goals last season, Southampton would have more than likely ended up in the Championship.
But those performances for the Saints have been rewarded because he is now an England international and perhaps behind only Harry Kane in the pecking order.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also surging in the goalscoring charts and the Everton striker will be hoping that he’s sitting on that plane for Euro 2021, along with Ings if they get picked.