Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Danny Ings is not irreplaceable

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Result: Danny Ings penalty propels Southampton up to fifth at Brighton

The former Liverpool frontman has tested himself a key member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.

Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes Danny Ings will choose to use up Southampton‘s offer of a lucrative new deal, however preserves the club are “not addicted to one player”.

Saints are stated to be happy to make the England forward their highest paid member of the squad to secure his long-term future.

The former Liverpool frontman, who finished a permanent change to St Mary’s in the summer of 2019 following a season on loan there, has tested himself an essential part of Hasenhuttl’s well-drilled side.

Ings marked his return from a knee problem by coming off the bench to score a late penalty in the 2-1 win at Brighton on Monday night.

Hasenhuttl would like absolutely nothing more than to see the 28-year-old form part of Southampton’s long-term vision, however comprehends it is a key decision for the player to resolve.

“Danny has come from a bigger club and he knows what he has now he is here,” the Southampton manager stated.

” I see in every training session just how much he delights in playing here, however he also sees that there are now more and more players devoting to our way and finalizing new agreements.

” As I stated, who wishes to become part of this (project) is welcomed to come.

” I think the offer we made him is a wonderful one and in my opinion, we revealed him just how much we desire him to remain here and the rest is on him.

” Now he has to take the duty for this and we will need to deal with it too.

” We are not addicted to one player only and we need to constantly have a squad that can change anyone.

” We have a good core now after extending agreements and we have a couple of players working out.

“We are building the future at the moment and those who want to come with us are heartily invited.”

On Sunday, Southampton host bottom club Sheffield United, who have only got one point up until now from 11 games.

Hasenhuttl is figured out to make certain the Blades’ revival does not start against his side.

“It is for us to not let them start winning this weekend,” the Austrian stated.

” The second year (in the Premier League) is constantly hard. There is a long way to go and they have actually revealed last season they can be a good side.

“We will prepare for the best possible Sheffield side we can.”

Hasenhuttl added: “The message from my team will be that we have a hard game.

“They have struggled at the beginning, but they have shown they can play well.”

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