In Focus: Signing an injury-ravaged Ings would be a risk worth taking for Leeds

According to reports on ESPN, Leeds United are lining up a January swoop for Liverpool striker Danny Ings.

What’s the word, then?

Well, ESPN say that Ings has found himself well down the pecking order after suffering two serious injuries following a move from Burnley in 2015, which have meant that he is barely played any first team football for the Reds.

While the 25-year-old is now back in training following his latest setback, he now finds himself behind the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge for the centre-forward role under Jurgen Klopp, and Leeds are ready to offer him guaranteed first team football in the New Year.

ESPN say that the Yorkshire outfit believe that Ings could hold the key to them winning promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, with the Whites currently lying fifth in the Championship standings despite their form dropping off in recent weeks.

Why would Leeds want Ings?

While he has made just 12 appearances for Liverpool’s first team in more than two years at Anfield, scoring three goals, Leeds will be well aware of the form Ings showed for Burnley previously.

The 25-year-old showed his finishing ability when he netted 21 goals in 40 Championship outings to fire them to promotion, while he followed up that impressive campaign by scoring 11 in 35 in the top flight for the Clarets.

The forward is quick and loves to put defenders under pressure, and that can be a useful tool in the notoriously difficult second tier.

Would he be a good signing for Leeds?

As long as he has recovered from his injuries then it would be a risk worth taking, but that would also have to be a major concern for Thomas Christiansen if he did end up bringing the 25-year-old to Elland Road.

Two serious injuries in two years may well have hindered some of the attacker’s best attributes, while it would also be difficult to see where he would fit in with the current 4-2-3-1 formation that Christiansen is favouring.

With Pierre-Michel Lasogga looking to be established as the first-choice centre-forward, it is difficult to see how both he and Ings could play without a change of system.