Mark Hughes has praised Danny Ings, the Liverpool forward who’s currently on loan at Southampton for the campaign.
The transfer will become permanent at the end of the season though, for around £20m.
Ings has looked refreshed and grateful for the opportunity on the south coast, scoring two Premier League goals already.
Hughes has claimed the forward is even better than he realised.
‘I knew he was a very good player but his technical ability is probably a level better than I thought,’ Hughes told the Mail.
‘He has come in and impressed me in terms of the way he is able to receive the ball, manipulate the ball to create space and his understanding of dropping the shoulder to gain an extra yard or two.
‘Obviously he wants to score goals but he also gets a lot of pleasure from making chances for others.’
‘There is no doubt in my mind that he has the quality to play at England level.’
Ings was a decent squad player for us, and still would be now, but it’s totally understandable that he chose to leave and get more minutes.
Since signing for us in 2015, Ings made just 14 top flight appearances and is already 26-years-old.
We want nothing but the best for the Englishman, although if he keeps finding the net at his current rate, we’d have been smarter not to agree a future fee with Southampton as £20m might seem a snip!