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Exclusive: Palmer labels Ings and Vestergaard Southampton exits as a “massive blow”

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Losing both Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard is a “massive blow”, says former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer.

Both players were running down their contracts at St Mary’s before their to Aston Villa and Leicester City respectively.

Ings joined Villa in a £25m deal, while Vestergaard was brought to Leicester for £15m to give Brendan Rodgers’ defence a boost.

Is losing Ings and Vestergaard a huge blow?

Yes

Yes

We'll survive

We'll survive

Regarding the former, he has since been replaced by Adam Armstrong, who was able to make an instant impact up front after he scored on his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Even so, for Palmer, to lose Ings and Vestergaard is a setback for Southampton. The -Saint told TIF in an interview:

“It’s a massive blow for them, it’s a massive blow. Goals keep you in the league, goals win you cups, goals win you trophies, goals win you the league and defenders keep you clean sheets. So it’s a massive loss for them.

“You don’t just easily pick those players up, so it’s a massive blow for them.”

Losing two first-team players, and just before the start of the season, would have irked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The addition of Armstrong, however, has softened the blow. So it is not total doom and gloom at St Mary’s.

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