Southampton now sit in 11th place in the Premier League after Danny Ings once again provided the key to secure his side three points.
His first-half goal against Tottenham was enough to hand the Saints a 1-0 win, his 12th goal in 15 league games, though this strike may live longer in the memory than most.
A long pass from Jack Stephens found the striker, who flicked the ball over the head of Toby Alderweireld before tucking it into the near post on the volley, a piece of skill which reminded one supporter of Paul Gascoigne’s famous goal against Scotland in Euro 96′.
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It is clear the 27-year-old is brimming with confidence and his side will likely guarantee safety if he maintains his prolific goalscoring rate, which shows no sign of slowing down.
Great goal! So good to see him playing well 👍🏻
— Dave (@DaveLFC264) January 1, 2020
Ings is so underrated. Wasn’t given a proper chance at Liverpool.
— Kisu (@KisuAnt) January 1, 2020
Gascoigne in disguise
— Pete Mercer (@PeteVNH) January 1, 2020
Danny Ings, he’s absolutely magnificent.
— Satwik (@Satwik_LFC) January 1, 2020
I love ings man. Amazing season so far
— Abz (@officialabz01) January 1, 2020
Credit must also be given to Ralph Hasenhuttl for his formation change to 4-4-2, as that has allowed another striker to partner Ings up-front, which in turn has provided him with more space and more chances to score.
It is telling that a Liverpool fan has taken notice of his quality and perhaps wishes he was still at the club, despite the Reds seemingly running away with the league title.
That is evidence of how well the former Burnely man is playing, and if he maintains this standard until the end of the season he could be in line to earn a place in the England squad for Euro 2020.
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Some supporters do expect big things for the forward, though some suggestions that have been made are easier to achieve than others, such as him achieving 20 league goals this term.
He’s easily gunna get 20 goals this season
— Craig Fisher (@1CraigFisher) January 1, 2020
Danny Ings for Ballon D’Or
— Daniel B (@tallestguyever) January 1, 2020
Surely he will get a England call up
— Glen Harris (@GlenHarris25) January 1, 2020
In other news, Hasenhuttl’s decision to keep Che Adams at the club could prove to be the correct decision as he could support Ings in his bid to score more goals.