Emile Heskey believes Danny Ings may be tempted by a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur after Southampton’s miserable run of form, speaking exclusively to HITC.
It’s fair to say 2021 has not been a brilliant year for Jose Mourinho or Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Five defeats in their last six games means Spurs have been downgraded, almost in the blink of an eye, from potential title challengers into a team who face a battle to even qualify for the Champions League.
It could be worse, of course.
Southampton were sitting pretty in top spot just three months ago but six consecutive losses, including that 9-0 thrashing at Old Trafford, means the Saints are now glancing nervously over their shoulder at 17th place Newcastle United.
So, with Ings considering his future at St Mary’s, the England international could be forgiven for wondering if the time has come to move on.
talkSPORT claims that Tottenham are keen on the £20 million poacher, who will become a free-agent 2022 and has shown little interest in signing fresh terms with the Saints.
“He would definitely be looking (at a move). He’s been so unlucky with injuries but he’s shown, on many occasions, that he’s got ability and he can score goals – and different types of goals,” Heskey says of a man who netted a stunning volley againt Wolves last weekend.
“His goal the other day was phenomenal. The technique! He’s got immense understanding of the game, when he plays up front with Che Adams, I love it.
“When I was playing up front with Michael (Owen) or Robbie (Fowler), we were always looking for each other – its all about the link-up.
“The defensive side of it, he wants to do that as well. He’s a manager’s dream. And now he’s probably saying; ‘I want to win some stuff now, I want to be a major part of a team winning stuff’.”
As Heskey himself pointed out, Ings has thrived in an old-school strike-partnership with Adams on the South Coast.
And the former Liverpool ace believes that Ings could strike up a similar understanding with his fellow England international Harry Kane at Tottenham.
“(An Ings and Kane partnership) could be exciting. They’ve got Son, who I think is fantastic, but he can play in different positions, he can play on the wings. Kane and Ings are both intelligent footballers, they must have played together with England as well so there must be an understanding,” Heskey adds.
“That would be a great move for him.”