After Saints struggled for goals last season Mark Hughes has signed the striker from Liverpool to reunite him with his former Burnley teammate Charlie Austin
Southampton’s hierarchy toasted the arrival of Danny Ings from Liverpool late into Thursday night, as they prepare for a campaign in which they hope to right the wrongs of last season. Ralph Krueger, the chairman, organised the get‑together at a city-centre restaurant, with Gao Jisheng, the club’s Chinese owner, also present, as well as Mark Hughes, to usher in the new season, one the Saints start with renewed vigour.
The manager was quick to reference the instant lift that Ings, rejected as a 10-year-old schoolboy by Southampton after being deemed too small, has provided and how he is confident his five summer signings can help them solve their goalscoring troubles. They scored fewer goals than relegated West Brom on home soil last season and recorded only four league wins at St Mary’s. Charlie Austin – Ings’s former strike-partner at Burnley, whom Southampton host on Sunday – finished last season as joint-top scorer with just seven goals and no player has reached double figures in all competitions since 2015-16.