One of the players which Jones believes could be involved in a transfer saga this summer is Southampton’s Danny Ings, with the striker believed to be on the radar of a Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Ings has made 22 appearances for the Saints in the league this season and has been able to find the back of the net eight times, but had only scored twice since December before picking up his latest injury (via Transfermarkt).
Speaking about the potential future of Ings, Jones had this to say on Southampton’s stance with their striker.
He said: “I mean, look, Che Adams has been really good this season. So I’d be quite comfortable having him as one of your forwards, but you really don’t want to lose Ings.
“You go back to December going into January and they were convinced that Ings was on the verge of signing the contract. I spoke to someone, I think I even wrote that they’ve convinced that Ings was on the verge of signing, and it’s just gone away and it’s fallen away from them.
“They really need to try and convince him to do that, because Southampton are in a position where they really could go either way next season.
“They’re a good team., they just don’t consistently show it enough. And if they’re going to do that, it’d be very helpful to have Danny Ings.”
Will Ings leave this summer?
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
Given the impressive output in terms of goals from Ings since he arrived at St. Mary’s, you would imagine Southampton will be attempting to do everything they can in order to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future. However, we have seen it in the past when Liverpool came calling for him, it is so hard for lesser teams to keep hold of their star players when the bigger clubs come for them.
Whether history will repeat itself remains to be seen.