Ralph Hasenhuttl has backed Danny Ings to become the first Southampton player to win the Premier League golden boot.
Ings scored a brace to inspire Southampton to a 3-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
He extended his tally to 18 league goals and moved to second in the scoring charts behind only Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy (19).
Southampton leapfrogged Newcastle United to climb into 13th place and moved 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
The 27-year-old has registered three goals and one assist in his last three games since the resumption of the Premier League.
“He’s so important to us,” Hasenhuttl said. “When he has a chance it’s a goal and his finish is unbelievable.
“He’s fit and he looks even fitter after shutdown because he was working hard during this time and this shows me how professional he is.”
Saints have registered a record eight away wins in the Premier League this term. Only Liverpool (38), Manchester City (28), Chelsea (27) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (27) have amassed more points on the road than Southampton (26).
Ings has scored 10 of his 18 Premier League goals away from home, which puts him in reach of Matt Le Tissier’s record of 12 goals (1993/94).
Not only could Ings become the first Southampton player to win the Premier League golden boot, but he could also become their first top scorer in the English top-flight since Kevin Keegan in 1981/82.
Hasenhuttl has backed Ings to surpass Vardy, revealing: “Everything is possible.
“We will play with him in the last six games, and if he gets the chance, you see how fantastic his finish is.
“It’s definitely a sort of outrageous quality he has and when he scores it is fantastic.”