Ian Wright believes that Danny Ings could perform a standout role at Liverpool, amid speculation linking the striker with Manchester City.
Ings has transformed himself into one of the Premier League’s best strikers since joining Southampton. He finished last season with 22 top-flight goals, one short of top scorer Jamie Vardy. But while injury and the form of other stars has slowed his progress this term, the 28-year-old has still attracted transfer links.
Indeed, City could be looking for a new striker this summer to replace Sergio Aguero. Pep Guardiola supposedly has eyes on Erling Haaland, but a tough race for his signature has emerged.
As such, Wright proposed on his Wrighty’s House podcast that Ings would be a solid alternative.
“I’ve got to mention [Danny] Ings – you see the link with [Manchester] City,” Wright said.
“The disrespect people are giving Danny Ings. Why are you doing that? He can press like Pep would want him to and would stay in the areas to get chance upon chance.
“Danny Ings has got himself into the England squad from a terrible injury which meant he couldn’t do what he wanted to do at Liverpool. It wasn’t his fault. Ings could get 25 goals in that City team at a canter.
“[He has] got himself back and scoring goals at this level, making it look easy.”
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Wright added that, were he to return to Liverpool, the forward would perform well there.
“Now he’s linked with Manchester City, who may not get their main target but need someone in who can finish chances,” he said.
“How does that not make sense to people? When you’re talking about astute management and the recruitment at that level, look at Ings.
“If he was backing up Bobby [Roberto] Firmino now, he could link Liverpool’s attack now.”
Ings gets his chance at Southampton
The Saints striker moved to Liverpool in 2015 from Burnley and showed flashes of his talent up front. However, long-term injuries kept him largely out of Jurgen Klopp’s team.
As such, he left in the summer of 2018 on a loan-to-buy deal with Southampton.
The forward scored eight goals in the 2018/19 season, but injury problems once again halted his progress.
Last term proved to be his most consistent in recent years and earned him a place in the England set-up.