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Danny Ings – Southampton’s Knight in Shining Armour

The greatest strikers aren’t necessarily the ones who score the most goals. A striker’s true test is his chance conversion ability. And there are few in the world who can challenge Danny Ings in that field of battle. The Southampton man has surprised everyone with his phenomenal goal-scoring form since the start of last season.

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Danny Ings has had a long and difficult road to get to where he is today. Having made his big career move to Liverpool in 2015, Ings was destined for great things. But fate had other plans for the Englishman. Injury struck hard and Ings was ruled out with a ruptured ACL. The godforsaken injury kept him on the sidelines for 210 days during which he missed 50 games.

To make matters worse, his suffering was not at its end. Just 4 months after returning from the worst injury of his life, He was struck down once more. This time it was a knee injury that needed surgery and kept him out for almost a year. There are not many people who can fight back from one crushing injury. But there are only a handful who can be clattered twice and still stand up tall. Danny Ings has always been a warrior. His injury record prompted Liverpool to sell him to Southampton in the summer of 2018.

His first season was not one to write home about with just 24 appearances and 10 goal contributions. He was still rediscovering his form and finding his feet after two major setbacks. However, form is temporary but class is permanent. And Danny Ings is one classy striker.

When Ings started showing goal-scoring form in the 19/20 season, most people believed it was nothing more than a purple patch. But the purple patch never ended and soon he began to receive recognition for the quality player that he is. Ings may not be the quickest or the biggest player on the pitch. But his awareness and close control more than makeup for it. He is a capable passer of the ball and is often seen dropping into midfield to receive the ball and create space in behind for the wingers.

But the main quality in any striker is his ability to score goals. Ings is one of the most lethal finishers in the modern game. When he is through on goal he hardly ever misses. His touch and finish are always executed to perfection. To add to this Ings also boasts a brilliant ability to create space in tight areas and release quick shots with both feet. He is gifted with an aerial prowess as well and has been rather unlucky not to have more headed goals to his name.

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Last season Ings scored a staggering 22 goals that too without a single penalty being among them. He was very unfortunate to miss out on the Premier League Golden Boot by one goal to Jamie Vardy who netted several penalties in his pursuit of the prestigious award.

Ings has evolved into a world-class striker who does not miss many opportunities. He has begun this season in great form once more and has become Southampton’s main man. He was finally called up to the England National Team as well which was a proud moment for a boy whose dreams seemed to have been crushed by injuries just a few years ago.

Ings may not win many trophies or accolades. But the streets won’t forget the man who gave the Premier League’s elite strikers a run for their money playing for a mid-table club like Southampton. Long may his form continue. He is a warrior and he has earned his spoils.

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