Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘positive’ Southampton’s star man Danny Ings will stay at the club

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ Southampton talisman Danny Ings will stay at the club and insists keeping him is ‘important’ after ace returned to action with brace in win against Crystal Palace

  • Danny Ings made his injury return in Southampton’s victory over Crystal Palace 
  • Saints’ top scorer Ings netted twice at St Mary’s and is linked with a move away 
  • But Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ Southampton will be able to keep Ings 
  • Ings’ clinical nature and his influence over the team were lauded by Hasenhuttl 

Ralph Hasenhuttl is ‘positive’ Southampton can keep hold of star man Danny Ings following the striker’s clinical match-winning display against Crystal Palace.

Saints top scorer Ings celebrated his return from a two-game injury absence by scoring twice – including his 100th goal in club football – as Saints came from behind to beat the Eagles 3-1.

The England international, who had been sidelined with a hamstring problem, has a year remaining on his existing contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move away from St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ Southampton will be able to keep star man Danny Ings

Manager Hasenhuttl admits Southampton are ‘a different side’ when Ings plays and remains confident a new deal will be agreed.

‘He knows that we want him to stay with us as long as he wants. For us, it’s important that he stays with us,’ said Hasenhuttl.

‘I am also positive that it will happen, maybe not now but maybe we will find in the next few months a chance to make this happen.

Saints boss Hasenhuttl (above) insisted it is important to keep Ings for his goalscoring ability

Saints boss Hasenhuttl (above) insisted it is important to keep Ings for his goalscoring ability

‘With Danny we are a different side because he makes the chances we need to score and sometimes also goals when you don’t think there is a chance. The first goal was fantastic from him.

‘And this is why he is important for us.’

Southampton’s fourth top-flight victory of a difficult 2021 moved them to 14th in the table, a point and a place behind their opponents.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl BLASTS Jannik Verstergaard’s red card against Leicester as ‘simply wrong’

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl BLASTS Jannik Verstergaard’s red card against Leicester as ‘simply wrong’ and insists they WILL appeal decision… while hailing 10-man Saints for ‘brave’ performance

  • Southampton held high-flying Leicester City to a 1-1 draw on Fright evening  
  • The Saints were down a man after nine minutes with Jannik Vestergaard sent-off
  • The centre-back’s studs caught striker Jamie Vardy but he had got the ball first 
  • Hasenhuttl was furious with the decision and insists the Saints will appeal it  

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said Jannik Vestergaard’s early red card in the 1-1 Premier League draw with high-flying Leicester was ‘absolutely the wrong decision’ and plans to appeal.

Saints were left facing an uphill task just 10 minutes in after defender Vestergaard was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Foxes striker Jamie Vardy on the edge of the hosts’ 18-yard box.

The Denmark international, who won the ball before catching Vardy with his studs as he followed through, was dismissed by referee Robert Jones following advice of VAR Jonathan Moss for denying his opponent a goal-scoring opportunity.

Southampton went down to 10 men early against Leicester, with Jannik Vestergaard sent-off 

The Danish defender took a heavy touch and lunged on Jamie Vardy, but did get the ball first

The Danish defender took a heavy touch and lunged on Jamie Vardy, but did get the ball first 

Battling Saints overcame the setback to lead through James Ward-Prowse’s 60th-minute penalty and held on for a draw which moves them 10 points clear of the relegation zone following Jonny Evans’ equaliser.

Hasenhuttl hailed the heroics of his players but was less enamoured with the officiating.

Asked if he was pleased with the result, the Austrian replied: ‘Absolutely; not delighted with the red card decision but very delighted with the performance from my fighting side.

‘The official explanation was denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The goalkeeper was near the ball, he could pick it up. I think he (Vardy) would never get this ball. This explanation is simply wrong.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was furious about the decision but delighted as his side held on for a point

Ralph Hasenhuttl was furious about the decision but delighted as his side held on for a point 

The Saints defended superbly before James Ward-Prowse put them into the lead from the spot

The Saints defended superbly before James Ward-Prowse put them into the lead from the spot

‘I thought it was (going to be) a penalty and then it would be even more difficult but when you see the red card then you see that it was absolutely the wrong decision and we deserved to get something today.

‘Jon Moss has seen it, the VAR, and he says it’s a red card, although Vardy never had the ball. The denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity is an argument that I cannot agree (with).’

Asked if he would appeal to prevent Vestergaard being suspended, Hassenhuttl replied: ‘Yes.’

Southampton had Ryan Bertrand sent off after 12 minutes the last time they hosted Leicester before collapsing to an embarrassing 9-0 drubbing.

The south-coast side look to have secured their safety after a difficult top-flight season

The south-coast side look to have secured their safety after a difficult top-flight season 

They were far more resilient on this occasion and, after Evans’ header swiftly cancelled out Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick, defended doggedly to avoid a 13th defeat from their last 16 top-flight outings.

‘It was an important signal that we can defend better than we have in the past when we were one man down and that we have a good start in the final six games (of the season),’ said Hasenhuttl.

‘It was a brave performance.’

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl fears star striker Danny Ings won’t play again this season

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl fears star striker Danny Ings won’t play again this season due to a hamstring injury as England ace faces race against the clock to get fit for Euro 2020

  • Hasenhuttl admits he doesn’t know if Danny Ings will play again this season
  • Southampton’s star striker picked up a hamstring problem against Tottenham
  • The 28-year-old is yet to return to training and is a doubt for this summer’s Euros
  • Ings’ fine form has put him in contention to make Southgate’s England squad 

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl does not know whether influential top scorer Danny Ings will play again this season, making him a major doubt for this summer’s Euros.

Ings was forced off by a hamstring problem in last week’s 2-1 defeat by Tottenham after scoring his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign.

The 28-year-old England international has not returned to training and will definitely be absent for Friday evening’s game at home to Leicester.

Ings pulled up with a hamstring injury during the club's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham last week

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (left) has admitted that he doesn’t know if Danny Ings (right) will play again this season after he picked up a hamstring injury last week

‘It (Ings’ injury) is not worse than it looked; I don’t know if he comes back for the last few games (of the season),’ Hasenhuttl said.

‘We have Liverpool and then five games in two weeks so we need every player.’

His fine form up front for the Saints has put him into contention for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.

However, should he fail to recover in time, Ings will cruelly have to watch the tournament from the comfort of his own home.

Ings scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham

Ings scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham

However, he pulled up with the hamstring issue not long after and was subbed off

However, he pulled up with the hamstring issue not long after and was subbed off

Before pulling up with a hamstring injury at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Hasenhuttl told Ings to ‘forget about making the England squad’ and instead focus on turning Southampton’s season around. 

‘This is always my job, to bring the best out of every player,’ the Saints boss said earlier this month. ‘If he has a (place in the) Euros or not, he is part of this club.

‘He has a contract with this club, so that contract means he has to do everything and just to help us, this is the deal we made. I don’t care about the mentality for the Euros – this is something like a bonus for him.

‘The most important thing is that he helps us win games, that he helps us in climbing the table. This is the deal we have with him, and so long as he is here, he tries to give his part to this deal and we give our part of the deal.

Ings is running out of time to force his way into Southgate's thinking before Euro 2020 in June

Ings is running out of time to force his way into Southgate’s thinking before Euro 2020 in June 

‘We offer him everything that is possible to make him better – and this is how it should be with every player.’

But Hasenhuttl feels Ings has all the qualities needed to make Southgate’s final 23-man cut.

‘Ingsy is definitely one of them (players in contention) and when he is fit, when he plays well and when he scores, then he must be part of this (England squad),’ Hasenhuttl added.

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