Among Premier League spectators, Danny Ings is likely to be a name that is familiar to them. Having burst onto the scene at Burnley, the Englishman earned himself a transfer to Liverpool in July 2015. On the face of it, this looked to be the Winchester-born striker’s big break. However, that didn’t prove to be the reality of the situation while on Merseyside. That said, in many ways, the 27-year-old’s stint at Anfield epitomises Ings’ mentality. So, let’s take a look at how the former Burnley striker’s recent form is a testament to more than just his goalscoring prowess.
Throughout his Burnley career, Ings missed just eight games through injury in a four-year-long spell at Turf Moor. Despite proving himself as a player that steered clear of knocks, the 27-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Jurgen Klopp’s first training session at Liverpool that would see him miss a total of 50 games. Upon making a return to action on May 12th 2016, the five-foot-ten attacker would later require knee surgery in October 2016. This would keep the Englishman sidelined for a further 288 days, according to Transfermarkt.
To Ings’ credit, upon deciding to leave Liverpool in search of regular first-team football in the summer of 2018, he did so despite Klopp’s desire to retain him. According to a report from the Echo prior to the 27-year-old’s move to St. Mary’s, Klopp declared that, when he first arrived on Merseyside, Ings was one of the players that he was looking forward to coaching. As per the Reds’ title-winning manager, the England international was always full of positivity, even in spite of his cruel luck with injuries.
A Never-Say-Die Attitude is Helping him Thrive
Over the years, the Premier League has been the home to a whole host of talented strikers. That said, not all of them have possessed the work ethic that Ings has. In turn, it’s apparent that the 27-year-old’s mentality is a crucial element behind his contemporary success. Moreover, it’s also a compliment to his physical conditioning and off-the-field work that since those long-term knee injuries, he has missed just six games for the Saints.
Aside from his undeniable work ethic outside of matches, Ings’ high-pressing style on the pitch has been central to the Southampton revolution under Austrian manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl. At the time of writing, the 27-year-old is in the hunt for the golden boot, as he is 12/1 in the football betting to finish as the league’s top scorer come the end of the season, as of July 9th. After 33 top-flight matches, Transfermarkt state that Ings has been involved in nearly 50 percent of Southampton’s goals, finding the net on 18 occasions, while also providing two assists.
The Potential to Get Even Better
Ultimately, there can be no doubts that Hasenhuttl’s style and Ings’ approach complement each other in a manner that yields match-winning results. Importantly, with the Austrian recently signing a new long-term deal with the Saints, there is scope for the English striker to take his game to new heights over the coming years.