Possible destinations for Danny Ings
In the current market, £ 18million shouldn’t get you 20 goals a season as the Premier League striker. But that’s exactly what he got at Southampton.
After a spell of injury at Liverpool, the south coast club loaned out Danny Ings for the 2018/19 campaign and, after a strong season, made the deal permanent for £ 18million. The striker followed that up by racking up 22 league goals in the 2019/20 season and having managed seven of 13 this season.
Ings enjoys his football, he’s returned to scoring prolifically, the fans love him – everything is perfect, right?
But what is that old saying about “all good things”? Oh yeah, that’s right.
With Southampton keen to extend the 18 months left on his contract, the striker is awaiting a new contract and reportedly is keen to move to a club where he can play football of the Champions League.
With the form he has been showing since the start of the 2019/20 season, he cannot lack suitors. So where could he go?
Now, a move abroad is very unlikely but should not be overlooked.
Since Lucien Favre’s sacking in December, the club have found themselves in the top four and play much better and brighter football.
Danny Ings would be a valuable addition to an inexperienced squad, while combining with players like Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham would guarantee him an array of goals at Signal Iduna Park – surely a move we would all love to see?
Strangely, Jose Mourinho’s team are the bookies’ second choice for the Ings next club. While they seem likely to end up in the top four and perhaps need more depth for Champions League football, Spurs are probably not Ings’ best bet.
Obviously, he would play second violin in front of Harry Kane, and as we’ve seen before, this man’s backup doesn’t have a lot of airtime.
Potential minutes aside, Ings is used to an energetic and energetic style of play under Ralph Hasenhuttl, so a move to a side from Mourinho could be a mistake.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has struggled with his forwards this season. Sergio Aguero has been injured, playing just 260 minutes this season. In his absence, Gabriel Jesus has played 14 times, scoring just four goals.
The Citizens have lined up Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in an attempt to fix the issue, but it’s clear they are in desperate need of a real forward.
However, having Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland as just three of the names linked to the club suggests that Guardiola is looking for a more “Galactico” style addition to his attack.
Manchester United may have landed a solid striker early in the campaign at Edinson Cavani, but the Uruguayan is by no means a long-term option. The 33-year-old has averaged one goal every 178 minutes this season, while for main striker Anthony Martial that number climbs to 309.
While United look good for Champions League qualification at the moment, a prolific goalscorer is crucial at the head of the squad for a European and domestic contender. Martial doesn’t look like the man to score 20 per season in the top flight – considering he only has two under his belt so far.
Signing Danny Ings, while not strictly planning for the long-term future like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did before, would secure goals for the next few years at least.
Apparently, all you need to be a better striker is a pre-game diet of Port, Nicotine, and Red Bull. But, once again, Jamie Vardy is one of a kind.
The 34-year-old has been reliable for the Foxes and has been with them every step of the way of their incredible recent trip to the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ side currently look like real contenders for the title and Champions League football, so another high-quality striker could take them to the next level and take some of the weight off Vardy – who is approaching his 30s .
Ings could be the perfect addition to Rodgers’ side, although a club with more Champions League pedigree may be the striker’s preferred destination.
Three years, 25 appearances, four goals. Ings’ stay at Anfield has not been exactly a memorable one, but the bookies are banking on a return to the defending Premier League champions.
The signing of Diogo Jota this summer is proof that a player can break into Liverpool’s top three and make an impact. So the arrival of Ings wouldn’t necessarily mean he’s a Plan B for Klopp’s favorite trio.
Ings suits Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy and could be the man to rejuvenate Liverpool’s attack. Especially since, given the recent form, the combination of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah looks tired and rather exhausted.
As they say, all good things come to an end.