Burnley striker and Liverpool target Danny Ings has finally offered some clarity on his future, by confirming that he will be leaving Turf Moor in the summer.
The 22-year-old has been the Clarets’ key player this season, and one of the main reasons that Sean Dyche’s men have fought so gallantly to beat the drop. And while their relegation from the Premier League – which was confirmed two games before the end of the campaign – appeared to suggest that the forward would be on his way when his contract expires in the summer, it was only after their final game that he confirmed his departure, the Daily Star report.
“I think everybody knows what’s been going on off the pitch and I wanted to finish my last game here in style,” he said, having scored the winner against Aston Villa.
“I’m just over the moon that I managed to get the winning goal in front of all the fans that travelled,” he added.
Our heavy defeat to Stoke was a horrible blip, but it is one that has come at the easiest time to put behind us. However, lessons do need to be learned, and much of the criticism heading Brendan Rodgers’ way was due to the lack of an actual striker in the starting line up.
With the injury problems that have befallen Daniel Sturridge, and the worries surrounding the form of Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini, and Mario Balotelli, Rodgers decided to try both Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho in the advanced positions on the pitch. Sadly, neither were able to give the Potters defence much to worry about in front of goal. While the initial concerns may surround the problems in defence – having conceded a number of preventable goals – there is little question that we need to add more depth up front.
Ings will be available for a much smaller fee then we would normally expect to pay for someone who had scored 11 goals in the top flight. The Star report that we will need to pay a compensation fee, but it could be a small price to pay if it allows Brendan Rodgers to look round on his bench and see a striker that he has confidence in to go and grab us a goal.