In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Kevin Phillips, who scored 191 goals during his career, believes Danny Ings would only leave Southampton if he was guaranteed first-team football at another club, like Everton.
Ings saw first-team opportunities limited at Liverpool due to injuries and the Reds signing other players, however, at Southampton he has been the main man and Phillips can’t see why, at Ings’ age, he would want to go and sit on the bench for another team.
The England international has had 51 goal involvements in 92 appearances for Saints, which has seen his reputation return to what it was before he made the switch from Turf Moor to Anfield.
Speaking on why he can’t see Ings leaving to be a back-up and how he’ll be secure in life now, Phillips spoke exclusively to FFC:
“He knows he’s going to play week in and week out at Southampton. So, why would you want to go? I don’t think it’ll be a money thing for him. I think he’ll be very secure in those terms.
“At this stage of his career, he just seems like he wants to play football. Now, for me, I’d be looking at a club and thinking ‘can I go and play week in and week out?’ If I can’t, then why would I want to leave Southampton?
“When you think of top teams that are looking for a striker, maybe a team like Everton where he could challenge Dominic Calvert-Lewin.”
Ings was injury-free for the majority of last season which allowed him to remind people that he is a top striker, with him managing to score 22 goals in 38 Premier League games.
The 28-year old is entering the peak years of his career and has been linked with moves to top clubs including Tottenham Hotspur as they continue to try and find the perfect back-up striker to Harry Kane.