In Focus: Leeds United should consider loan for Ings rather than permanent

Liverpool striker Danny Ings is the third likeliest new player to move to Leeds United, according to Football Whispers.

What’s the word?

The 25-year-old has had a torrid few years at Liverpool due to injury, but it seems that he may be handed a lifeline in January.

Football Whispers has listed the players that are likely to join the Championship club, and Ings is third in line with a rating of 1.2.

The striker has picked up two serious knee injuries in the space of two years at Anfield, where he moved to in 2015 from Burnley.

Ings has made just six Premier League appearances for Liverpool since joining the club, but he is edging nearer to full fitness after making his return in last week’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City.

Is this the right move for Leeds?

The Yorkshire club lost their main goalscorer Chris Wood to Burnley in the summer window, but they have not shown signs of struggles just yet.

Thomas Christiansen’s side currently sit third in the Championship with six wins, two draws and two defeats.

The team have scored 18 goals in that time, and with Wood gone, it has given other players an opportunity to get on the scoresheet.

Bringing in another attacking player in January could strengthen the squad, but Ings is a huge risk due to his lack of regular game time.

From the player’s point of view, it could give him the chance to find his best form, but Leeds are certainly not guaranteed goals.

If the offer of a loan option was presented, then it is worth the Championship club taking it, but a permanent deal would be a risk, particularly as Ings still has three years left on his contract at Liverpool.