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Is Danny Ings being unfairly overlooked on Dream Team?

The Dream Team season has reached its halfway stage.

The Premier League has a number of exciting narratives up and down the table, from Liverpool’s imperious form to the battle to avoid the drop.

And we’re focusing on one player very much involved in the latter.


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Southampton have been inconsistent at best this season, getting humiliated 9-0 at home by Leicester but recording two victories in their last three games – including a 2-0 win at Chelsea.

But one man who has remained consistent is Danny Ings.

Ings is flying this season

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Ings is flying this season

It’s fair to say without Ings Saints would be in a whole lot more bother, with the striker bagging exactly half (12) of their 24 league goals this season.

Ings has only failed to score in four of his last 15 games in all competitions, finding the net 13 times in total in that spell.

And that has helped contribute to a seriously healthy Dream Team score.

Ings (£3.3m) has 114 points to his name so far, made up of 14 goals, one assist and two Star Man awards.

Ings scored twice against Villa

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Ings scored twice against Villa

Perhaps more impressively he averages 5.2 points per game, more than Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raul Jimenez and Riyad Mahrez.

Yet Ings isn’t feeling the love from the Dream Team audience, featuring in just 0.8% of teams at the moment.

He is the only player in the top 28 scoring players with less than 1% ownership despite outscoring the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero and Virgil van Dijk.

He was also the hero on the south coast against Portsmouth

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He was also the hero on the south coast against Portsmouth

So why might that be?

Well the form of Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham have added to the growing list of attacking options, while Harry Kane and Mo Salah have been as reliable as ever.

But Ings has been arguably just as impressive and deserves way more recognition.

He has scored against Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal this campaign and is almost single-handedly keeping Southampton up.

So is it time to give the 27-year-old a shot in 2020?

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