DANNY Ings and Che Adams can strike up a successful partnership according to Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The duo combined nicely throughout the summer, with both players finding the back of the net.

Hasenhuttl said: “It worked well, and we were unbeaten.

“The Premier League is something completely different and finally they showed they can work together and know what they have to do to get a good balance and opposite runs.

“We worked a lot in this part of the game and it’s important they know what they have to do.

“Che Adams has the big advantage being here form the start of pre-season.”

Ings returned from the summer break in excellent condition having spent the off-season working with a personal trainer.

The striker recently told the Daily Echo that he has never felt so confident in his body ahead of a Premier League campaign.

However, Hasenhuttl admitted that each of his attacking players have a fight on their hands if they are to cement their spot in his starting XI.

He added: “I think he’s [Ings] very fit. He invested a lot in the break not only pre-season and scored and worked hard.

“It’s a big battle in the front for the three positions and with Michael Obafemi, we have a player who stepped up and Shane Long and Moussa [Djenepo] and Stuie [Armstrong] and Sofiane [Boufal].

“These positions are the ones where there is the biggest battle so far.”

The last time Saints visited Burnley they conceded a late goal to deny them an important win, but this time Hasenhuttl is hoping to go one better and get their season off to a perfect start.

Hasenhuttl explained: “I think when you remember last season we had a good game there and, in the end, we conceded a penalty that this year with VAR is not one.

“We had a few chances for Burnley and it will be a tough game again. I think the most important thing is that we go there with conviction to take points.

“Everyone is fit and ambitious ”