Newcastle Manager Wants Danny Ings
With Newcastle still missing a first choice striker to start the season with, it is reported this morning that Danny Ings is Alan Pardew’s choice for the role.
The Burnley striker turns 22 this coming Wednesday and had a breakthrough season in 2013/14, averaging a goal every other game (20 in 40 matches) at club level in the Championship and also breaking into the England Under 21 team, scoring two in four appearances since making his debut in September.
Ings has fuelled transfer rumours by not making any move to sign a new contract despite only having a year left to run on his existing one, though the forward has repeatedly insisted he is not looking for a move;
“I don’t understand why it has gone crazy on social media and the like. I signed a four year contract when I came here (from Bournemouth) and I still have a year left.
“I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football and going into my last year of my contract.”
Danny Ings only scored six over the course of the previous two season, making 47 league appearances with 24 of those from the bench. What of course you would be buying would be potential and the only way to get massive value is to identify players early.
Whether Burnley would entertain selling their biggest asset is another issue.
In their only previous season in the Premier League, the Lancashire club didn’t splash big on transfers and indeed showed great community initiative by giving all existing season ticket holders a free season ticket for the Premier League campaign.
This summer has seen Burnley go for the more budget end of the transfer market and obviously have no intention of risking the club’s long-term future in order to try and grab short-term glory. Their plan is surely to rely on the team that took them up and a key part of that is their up and coming star striker. I would have a decent bet they’d rather keep Danny Ings for the season even if it means they may lose him for nothing at the end of it.
As for Newcastle United, only time will tell if there is better value to be found abroad rather than at home, if indeed another striker is to come in.
With only Geordie Jack Colback brought in from the English leagues this summer, it doesn’t look likely that Newcastle will make good on their previously stated intention to concentrate more on bringing in players from the domestic market.
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