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Rodriguez wary of Ings threat

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez is wary of the goal threat brought by Danny Ings as he prepares to face his old club Burnley on Saturday.

The Premier League outfit take on the Championship title hopefuls in a third-round FA Cup clash at St Mary's, which will be the first time Rodriguez has come up against his former club since his 2012 summer switch to the Saints.

Rodriguez is Southampton's top goalscorer this term but insists he won't celebrate should he find the net against the Clarets on Saturday.

He is also wary of the threat of Ings - who has notched 19 goals so far this term - believing he will do well should he get his chance in the Premier League.

Rodriguez told the Daily Mirror: "Danny Ings is a great player.

"When I was at Burnley, he picked up a bad injury but I always knew he had a lot of potential so it is no surprise he is scoring goals for fun.

"It won't be long until he is playing in the Premier League - hopefully with Burnley.

"He's a great talent. A good lad as well. There will be a lot of interest in him."

Great club

The 24-year-old added: "Burnley is a great club to be at. It is nice atmosphere. They have a great youth set-up as well.

"They are doing really well at the moment and it's not by luck. They deserve to be there and I hope they can stay there.

"I'd be happy to score [on Saturday], but it is obviously my old club so I won't celebrate."

After suffering an ankle injury, Rodriguez did not taste any Premier League action when Burnley were last in the top-flight in 2009-10 and he is now loving plying his trade with the Saints at the highest level, believing it has improved him.

He added: "It was frustrating seeing the Premier League come to Turf Moor and not be able to play in it.

"In the Premier you need to be as athletic as you can and being here has improved me physically."