Garth Crooks has claimed in his BBC Team of the Week column that Southampton striker Danny Ings needs to improve his “chances-to-goals ratio” if he is to join a big club, amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
The Daily Star claimed earlier this month that Tottenham were keeping an eye on 27-year-old striker Ings, after Harry Kane tore his hamstring against Ings’ Southampton – a match in which Ings scored the only goal of the game.
Ings, a one-time England international, continued his remarkable goalscoring form on Saturday as Southampton defied the odds to beat Leicester 2-1 away from home – despite the Foxes’ 9-0 mauling of Southampton earlier this season.
It takes Ings to 16 goals for the season – 14 of which have come in 22 Premier League games. Amid reported interest from Spurs, ex-Tottenham striker Crooks has claimed former Liverpool star Ings needs to improve his ratio in front of goal.
“The Southampton striker was a constant threat to Leicester; he could have scored four goals rather than ‘only’ the winner. Ings was effervescent throughout but if, as some are suggesting, he has the potential to move to a bigger club, he needs to improve his chances-to-goals ratio,” Crooks said.
TBR’s view – Would Ings be a good signing for Tottenham?
Yes, he would. Ings would be a top signing for Spurs and would give Jose Mourinho’s side a focal point while Kane recovers on the sideline. Against Ings’ old side Liverpool, they lacked that. But it would not be such a good move for Ings himself.
That is because Ings needs constant game time to continue his stunning form. Ings is still in the process of rebuilding his career, after two successive anterior cruciate ligament injuries during his time at Liverpool.
With regular game time, injuries have not seemed to be an issue. But as a bit-part striker at Liverpool, injury struck. He would become Kane’s back-up when the latter is fit, and that would simply mean a move to Spurs would not benefit Ings.
Signed by Southampton for £20million (Telegraph), it remains to be seen how much Spurs would have to pay to sign Ings.
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