Peter Crouch has told BT Sport (broadcast on 23/1 from 11:45) that he has no doubt that Danny Ings could play for a Champions League side amid recent reports linking the Southampton star with Tottenham Hotspur.
Ings’ future is currently up in the air. As noted by The Telegraph last week, the striker is now into the final 18 months of his contract at St Mary’s. And it was suggested that he may be stalling on signing fresh terms.
The report claimed that Ings wants to return to a side playing in the Champions League. And that came following a report from Eurosport which stated that Spurs are planning a bid for Ings this summer.
Crouch was not specifically asked about Tottenham when discussing Ings’s future. But the retired striker – who played for both the Saints and Spurs during his career – insisted that the 28-year-old is certainly good enough to play at the very highest level.
“Could he play in a Champions League side? Without doubt. But Southampton will want to keep him because he really is their talisman. I think they really miss him when he doesn’t play,” he told BT Sport.
“He had the opportunity at Liverpool. The only reason it didn’t work out for him was injury. So of course, he’ll perhaps want to play at the top, top level because there’s no doubt he can do. But listen, the grass isn’t always greener.
“I think he’d be a superb acquisition for anyone. He could be fantastic as a squad player. I think he could lead the line for quite a few of those top teams.”
Of course, right now it is incredibly difficult to work out what the top four in the Premier League is going to look like this season. So it is even harder to predict what the future holds for Ings – who earns £75,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.
Spurs are currently fifth, but only one point off an out of form Liverpool. And Jose Mourinho’s men boast a game in hand over the champions.
Meanwhile, teams like Everton, Aston Villa and Southampton have to be considered to be contenders to upset the apple cart.
But it is surely fair to say that should Spurs make their return to the top four this year and Southampton fall short, the Saints’ task of convincing Ings to stay will become much more difficult given the recent reports.