Danny Ings has been the one bright spark in an otherwise disappointing season for Burnley. The club sit 19th with a return to the Championship looking likely. They will also almost certainly have to cope without Danny Ings next season, who is out of contract in the summer and yet to sign a new deal.
The 22-year-old has scored nine times in 22 Premier League appearances, but more than just a goalscorer, it’s Ings varied facets that makes him so highly rated. His teamwork, work rate, ability to track back and play either behind the striker, or up top by himself, are attributes that make him an all-round forward.
Here are FOUR teams that should look to snap Ings up when his contract expires:
Newcastle have already been linked with a move for Danny Ings by The Mirror and will surely still be interested when his contract runs out at the end of the season. Newcastle are currently 11th with very little to play for and seemingly waiting for the season to end. Next season is one they need to kick-on in with a new manager and some top players a priority.
Danny Ings is someone the fans would surely love to have at the club and someone that would fit the mould of the type of player Newcastle are looking for. A big club needing to re-establish themselves as a contender for those European places, it is a club that would be a big step up for Ings, but one he can flourish at. With a lack of complete strikers at Newcastle, they should do everything in their power to make Danny Ings a Newcastle United player.
Everton have had a poor season to date, struggling in 12th place after finishing fifth last campaign. With Samuel Eto’o no longer at Goodison Park and Kevin Mirallas’ future uncertain according to reports in The Telegraph, there is a need for another striker and Ings could definitely be that man.
Romelu Lukaku has struggled for consistency this season and could use a quality striking option like Ings to work with up front. A club with big ambitions, it is likely that Everton will be challenging for a top six position again next season without the added Europa League fixtures which have hampered their charge so far. A big club with a glittering history, Danny Ings won’t find too many better clubs chasing his signature in the summer, so Everton is an option that he should take very seriously.
The Merseyside club have been heavily linked by The Independent with the signing of Ings in the past couple of months or so. After losing Luis Suarez, Liverpool have struggled for goals from their strikers, especially with Daniel Sturridge missing the majority of the season already.
Mario Balotelli has only scored one Premier League goal all season and Rickie Lambert has failed to have much of an impact at Anfield. Ings would follow the trend in young English players plying their trade at Liverpool and is exactly the type of player needed to partner Sturridge up front. He has the ability to play behind or beside Sturridge, and his versatility as a forward makes him a must buy for Liverpool in the summer.
Reports in the Mirror suggest that Tottenham are another club who are keeping tabs on Danny Ings. Spurs need for another striker to compliment Harry Kane or fill in for him when missing. With Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly out of favour at White Hart Lane and Roberto Soldado out of sorts, Ings could well solve their problems.
Soldado has only scored one Premier League goal this season and seven since joining from Valencia in 2013. Another highly-rated English striker like Ings would fit the bill at Tottenham and he could form an excellent partnership with fellow England under-21 international Harry Kane.