The former Burnley striker was involved in all three of the Saints’ goals as he first provided the assist for Stuart Armstrong, then he scored a brilliant solo goal before his shot led to Nathan Redmond scoring what proved to be the winner.
This led Shearer to praise Ings but also warned that the Saints might be fending off interest from other clubs in the summer.
He said: (11:46) “I thought he was excellent today in everything that he did. I thought his hold-up play was superb; his running of the channels was excellent.
“I mean defenders hate it when forwards do that [run the channels] and he did, and he’s very good at that.
“Have a look at his vision here [assist for Armstrong’s goal]; he’s looking over his right shoulder; [he’s looking] over his left shoulder, neat little touch into Armstrong.
“Ben Mee should deal with this [Ings’ goal], he doesn’t, but he puts him under pressure, he gets away from him with the pace, then he’s clever enough and good enough to sit Tarkowski down.
(13:22) “I am pretty sure there’ll be inquiries for him; I like him; I think he does the basics very well, he’s a goalscorer, not afraid to keep getting in there, so there’ll definitely be inquiries for him.”
Do you think Southampton can keep Ings?
Yes, I don't see why not
No, he will be gone
TIF Thoughts on Ings…
Last season Ings scored an incredible 22 goals in the Premier League, but this season, he hasn’t quite hit those levels but has still scored nine league goals, and he has missed seven games, so still a decent return.
He was brilliant against Burnley and earned a 8.77 rating from WhoScored for his performance, and if he keeps up performances like that, you can expect other teams to start having a look.
Ings was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the last transfer window, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see those links resurface, but we hope that he stays with the Saints because, under Ralph Hasenhuttl, he has a brilliant record.