Southampton defends Ings signing
We did not take into consideration Danny Ings' proneness to injury when we signed him, Southampton boss Mark Hughes has said.
Ings was signed by the Saints from Liverpool although he started in three league matches and made 11 substitute appearances after shrugging off a knee injury that kept him out of action to November of 2016 since 2015.
"It’s not something we considered. He’s proved his fitness, it’s not as if we have to get him rehabbed, he’s a fit young man – he’s had the injury in his younger years. So, you always get a better response and outcome when that happens. We don’t have any worries about his injury." said.
Back to fitness
Hughes points out Jurgen Klopp's final message to the forward when he left Anfield as evidence to Ings fitness again.
“He ended strongly at the end of last season. He’s fit, he’s well, and he’s ready to go. He’s at a point in his career where he wants to start making an impression again. He came back strongly for Liverpool at the end of last year and showed his worth to them. You’ll note Jürgen’s comments about him, as a character and as a guy. That was an important factor in being able to bring him here as well because we want to enhance the dressing room and the personnel, so that’s an added bonus for us." Hughes explained.
According to the boss, Southampton is ready to perform well than last season and the signing of the English forward is a testimony that they wish to mark a positive run this time around in EPL.
"The club wants to do well this year and has good players that will help him get to the level that he’s been before, I’m sure of that. I think that’s one of the reasons why he made the decision to come here over and above other clubs, who really showed a lot of interest in him. I think he sees the potential here and the ambition of the club to do well once again.” the tactician concluded.