Aston Villa latest news: £19.8m star tipped to hit double figures under Dean Smith


Journalist Luke Hatfield is confident that Danny Ings will come good for Villa – and has backed the striker to score double figures.

How has Ings fared this season?

Ings joined with a huge weight of expectations on his shoulders following his impressive form for Southampton in recent seasons.

And Ings has already been in the goals during his early days as a Villa player, directly contributing to four in his five Premier League appearances.

He marked his debut at Watford by scoring an injury-time penalty before introducing himself to the Villa Park crowd with an acrobatic goal in the victory over Newcastle.



The £19.8m-rated frontman has since gone three games without scoring, but has provided assists in two of those, including one against Everton on Saturday, which helped Dean Smith's team return to winning ways after two games without tasting victory.

Overall, Ings' two goals and two assists marks a decent start to his Villa career, and Hatfield believes that the England striker will get even better.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think Danny will certainly come good for Villa. I think he's already kind of shown that with a couple of goals and he's been involved in a couple of others.

"Give him some time to settle in and he will be pushing double figures and being that key striker that Villa fans wanted to play alongside Watkins."

Is Ings likely to reach double figures?

If Ings stays injury free, he'll be targeting far more than 10 goals.

He scored 12 times for Saints last season and 22 the year before that and will surely be targeting around that 20-goal mark for Villa.

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They have shown in the early parts of this season that they have goals in their team, which should bode well for Ings ending with another decent tally next to his name.

And with the likes of Ollie Watkins, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia playing behind him, chances are bound to come his way and you'd expect more times than not, Ings to bury them.

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