On a recent edition of the Football Social Daily podcast, Niall McCaughan, Jim Salveson and Alex Boardman discussed the latest issues in the Premier League and at one point during the show, the panel spent some time discussing Southampton forward Danny Ings, declaring that West Ham United “would have loved to have had him” this season.
Ings has been enjoying an impressive campaign in England’s top-flight this term, scoring 19 goals in his 34 Premier League appearances. This makes him the third-highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season at present.
Speaking before the Saints’ 1-1 draw with Everton on the Football Social Daily podcast, Boardman spent some time discussing the in-form 27-year-old and he claimed that West Ham “would have loved to have had him” at the London Stadium this season.
Boardman said: “Going back to Southampton really briefly, Danny Ings is someone that you’ve just got to mention. When you’re comparing him to other teams that we’ve mentioned – Aston Villa, also West Ham – he’s got 18 goals this season, Danny Ings, and I think he’s one of those signings. West Ham would have loved to have had him now, retrospectively.”
Would Danny Ings improve West Ham United?
Ings, who is currently valued at £15.75m according to Transfermarkt, has scored just over 44% of Southampton’s Premier League goals this season, helping the Saints to accumulate a total of 44 points this term after playing 34 games. This point total puts them 16 points clear of the relegation zone and as a result, will keep them safe from relegation this season.
West Ham, however, are still battling against relegation with just three points separating them from third-from-bottom Bournemouth.
The Hammers spent a club-record transfer fee of ‘up to £45m’ to sign French forward Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer and the forward has scored seven Premier League goals this term, making him the Hammers’ top league goalscorer.
However, considering how many goals Ings has scored this season and how influential he has been in helping the Saints to seal their safety in England’s top-flight, it may be difficult to argue against Boardman’s claim that West Ham “would have loved to have had” Ings in their squad this season.