How big an impact will Danny Ings have at Anfield?
After successfully registering himself on the score-sheet for Liverpool against both Norwich City and Carlisle United last month, Danny Ings is a player who has certainly seen his stock rise among the Anfield faithful recently.
His initial arrival at the club may have been met with some pessimistic jeers from within the wider footballing community in general, but unlike some of Brendan Rodgers’ perhaps more high profile moves in the transfer market this summer, the ex-England U21 international has seemingly taken to his new life with the Reds rather well so far.
So, as we all know the tough and sometimes relatively unforgiving nature of the Premier League nowadays, just how much of an impact can Danny Ings achieve at Anfield throughout the coming season? Will the former Burnley man continue to shine among the English top-flight, or was the step up to Liverpool simply too big a move for the plucky 23-year-old in these early stages of his career?
Well, if the initial indications are to prove something to go by this term, Ings has every chance of remaining in the Liverpool fan’s good books for a while yet to come. This is a player who has to go down as an out-in-out goal scorer in the cold light of day. When the Winchester-born front-man is played through in front of goal, nine times out of ten Danny Ings successfully finds the back of the net in efficient style.
Among a league constantly searching for natural born finishers with every passing transfer window, Liverpool’s domestic duties will arguably be made a great deal easier this season thanks to the arrival of the former Turf Moor favourite.
However, although Ings certainly portrays many of the perfect hall-marks all attackers need to make it within the English top-flight, his business out on the pitch simply doesn’t rely exclusively upon scoring goals in the final third. Via his bullish approach to dealing with opposing defenders, tireless work-rate without the ball at his feet, and overall finesse when it comes to linking up successfully with his teammates across the entire pitch – Danny Ings definitely represents a rather useful asset for his manager with all things considered.
He is in-fact just the kind of player Liverpool fans seem to take to with each passing season. When it comes to running his socks off to earn his place in Brendan Rodgers’ expensively assembled starting XI, the 23-year-old Englishman rarely disappoints – and it’s that kind of attitude which has so far endeared him to the Anfield faithful this season.
Yes, Danny Ings isn’t an elite player by any means. He may not symbolize someone worthy of operating among the Champions League any time soon, and his overall game simply needs further work this term if Brendan Rodgers is to rely upon him throughout the entire season. Yet because the former Burnley hit-man didn’t set his current employers back a great deal financially this summer – Reds fans ultimately have no reason to discredit the striker’s role within their club.
If things go particularly well for the up and coming front-man in 2015/16, finishing the league campaign as Liverpool’s highest placed goal-scorer doesn’t actually seem completely out of the question. Although marquee signing, Christian Benteke, is bound to find the net with more efficiency now that Daniel Sturridge has returned to the fold once again, Ings must remain confident in himself to ensure his position among Rodgers' first team plans.
Therefore, even though some will continue to criticise the Reds for landing a player as seemingly as underwhelming as Danny Ings, the 23-year-old’s future among the English top-flight currently remains in as strong a position as it’s ever been. If the club’s newly acquired no. 28 continues his fine form in front of goal this term, there really is no telling just how well Ings could eventually prove at Anfield in the not too distant future…
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