Date: 5th May 2021 at 10:40am
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Pundit Steve Howey has recently made a big claim about and his fitness at Southampton.

Ings had scored Southampton’s goal against Tottenham, but he was later injured and had to be taken off by Ralph Hasenhuttl. As a result, he failed to feature for the club in their 1-1 draw against Leicester.

Howey talked to Football Fan Cast about the striker’s fitness and he believes that Ings’ issues are holding him back from moving to a top club. The ex-Southampton man went on to praise the former Liverpool star’s mental strength to come back from these injuries.

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He said “I think sometimes when you have an injury, players come back mentally stronger and there’s no doubting his mental strength and he’s also a quality player.

“If he wasn’t injured as often as he was, I think, without being disrespectful to Southampton, he would be at a bigger club.”

Ings had also picked up a muscle injury in Southampton’s league game against Sheffield United and he wasn’t available for action for some weeks. If that’s not enough, he has also picked up a knee injury and a hamstring injury earlier in the campaign too.

It shows that Ings indeed is pretty injury prone, even though he has scored regularly for Southampton over the last two seasons.

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That could put the bigger clubs in a dilemma because Ings’ current value stands at £19.80m and while he does bring a goals, he’s now 28 and doesn’t guarantee playing regularly. So while this can be a troubling possibility for Ings, Southampton might certainly want to keep him for as long as they can.

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