With just three weeks until the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season, Danny Ings is hoping Southampton can benefit from the positive feeling around the club.
Ending the 2019/20 campaign with just one defeat from their final nine fixtures – picking up more points in that time than champions Liverpool – Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side secured an 11th placed finish.
Returning to action after just a seven-week break, last season’s top scorer is hoping for more of the same: “There’s a great feeling within the club at the moment with how we finished last season.
“With such a short turnaround, you want to carry on that momentum and that’s what we’ll be looking to do as a team. From day one we’ll be really focused on how we can get better as a team and all the lads are hungry to do that.
"Everybody knows the manager wants to coach us and improve us, so for us it’s important to be focused and concentrating ready for the first game.
Danny Ingsyou want to carry on that momentum and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.
“When you’re on a run like the run we were on, you don’t want the season to finish. You saw how strong we were toward the end of the season with the short break.
“I think it’s good it’s a short turnaround and we can carry on the momentum we built as a team.”
Securing the permanent signing of Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu, coupled with a host of new contracts, has also left Ings excited to see what the season ahead holds.
He said: “Kyle finished the season really strong and you could see how good he is as a player and how much he brings to the team which is fantastic.
“It’s really exciting for the club and you see everybody signing contracts and Prowsey [James Ward-Prowse] getting the armband which he thoroughly deserves.
“It’s exciting times for everybody at the club, especially for the fans to see a manager building a great, great team trying to get better and better.”