Danny Ings has enjoyed a fine debut season in the top flight so far this campaign but is he good enough to join the likes of Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool? Rumoured interest from both of these clubs has been well reported throughout the January transfer window as Ings offers pace and finishing to any attack as well as being a purchase for the future at just 22 years old.
It is of no surprise then, that the young Englishman has attracted interest in this window as a striker that has all the attributes to become a consistent Premier League performer. He is also the type of player than can improve teams. For example, at Tottenham, he would provide an option at the club that they simply do not have at the moment. Harry Kane can be quick but he does not have the pace of Ings. Kane prefers to collect the ball from deeper areas and run at the defence whereas Ings likes to play off the final defender. A potential English partnership between both Kane and Ings will appeal to Pochettino and will add a lot of pace and movement to the attack, something that has been missing from Tottenham’s strikeforce since Jermain Defoe departed the club.
In terms of Liverpool, Ings would represent an excellent capture for Rodgers’ side, especially when he is available for as little as £5 million. Pairing up with Daniel Sturridge makes sense due to their similar work rate and playing styles.
With Ings, Sturridge and Sterling leading the line, Liverpool would have one of the most frightening attacking forces in the Premier League. It may be a risk to move for a player that has not even played a full season in the Premier League yet but at just £5million, Brendan Rodgers has taken greater risks that have not paid off.
The Burnley forward’s current form for the club is encouraging and he is showing that despite the fact that he is not playing alongside some of the best players in the league, he is still playing some decent football something which is directly helping Burnley’s quest for survival.
Compared to fellow compatriots Charlie Austin, Harry Kane and Saido Berahino, Ings should certainly be considered one of the best English forwards in the league. He has the most assists, has created the most chances and completed the most take-ons out of all the players discussed. Despite the fact that he has not enjoyed the same prolific goalscoring figures as Charlie Austin, Ings has proved that he could be an excellent addition to the squad of a Premier League side like Liverpool or Tottenham.
There is no doubt that Burnley manager Sean Dyche will want his star forward to stay at the club and aid Burnley’s push for survival. However, Ings has shown that he possesses a lot of quality and it almost seems inevitable that he will move on in either this window or in the summer.
A winter move may be slightly premature as it could be interesting to see how many goals Ings does score for Burnley this season. Whatever happens though, Ings has shown that he has the ability to make it as a Premier League striker and is fully deserving of the reported interest from some top clubs in the league.