One area of the Tottenham Hotspur squad that Mauricio Pochettino has not yet got right is the role of Harry Kane back-up. Last season the job was given to Dutch summer signing Vincent Janssen. He failed to live up to his hype and could not replicate the form he showed during his time with AZ Alkmaar. This season it has been handed to Fernando Llorente. After scoring impressively with Swansea City, the Spaniard has also struggled to step up when needed.
This summer it is a position Tottenham need to strengthen and Pochettino should consider going back in for a former target to do so. The player in question is Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
Back in the summer of 2015, the striker’s contract at Burnley was coming to an end. Plenty of teams were sniffing around for his services, including Spurs. In fact, as reported by Sky Sports, Tottenham even offered Burnley £12 million to bring him in – in a bid to evade a tribunal gifting the Clarets less compensation.
Instead, Ings headed to Liverpool, where his career has hit a string of bad luck. Ings suffered a serious knee injury during Jurgen Klopp’s first training session at Melwood. He had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Not long after returning from that injury, he suffered another to the other knee.
Ings has played just 19 times for Liverpool in three seasons and is currently down the pecking order in their striking department. With more improvements certainly possible in the summer, Ings might have to make an Anfield exit.
Tottenham should certainly take an interest. Ings is exactly the sort of striker Pochettino wants in his squad. A tireless and tenacious worker, when fit Ings is also potent in front of goal.
Pochettino is clearly a fan of the player already, or else the club would not have been bidding for him in 2015.
Liverpool, as much as they believe in Ings, would surely be willing to cut their losses on a player who has been cursed since arriving on Merseyside.
At the right fee, moving from Liverpool to Spurs could be the perfect transfer for the striker. Perhaps he could finally solve Tottenham’s problem backup position.