Danny Ings Of Burnley On Chelsea FC’s Radar


Chelsea FC have been rolling as of late, securing wins in both the League Cup and Premier League against Liverpool and Aston Villa, respectively. Unfortunately, Diego Costa has only been available for one of the those as the sensational forward is one game into a three-match ban for allegedly stomping on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

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Despite currently employing Didier Drogba and Loic Remy, and having just purchased an attacking player in the January transfer window, the Blues have been linked to another forward. Burnley striker Danny Ings is the newest player to be linked to Stamford Bridge, and if rumors can be believed, would be available for as little as £3m. The u21 England international is said to be closely monitored by the Premier League’s top clubs — and Liverpool — and has been in the type of form that warrants such links.

In 28 Premier League games so far this season Ings has scored eight times while recording four assists, and was instrumental in the Clarets promotion campaign from the Championship last season. He can either lead the line or play as in the secondary striker role, and leads Burnley in both scoring and assists. Ings uses wonderful close control to create scoring chances while maintaining the killer instinct necessary to succeed in the English top flight.

Yet, despite all the upside, Danny Ings isn’t exactly Chelsea material. This is not a criticism to the player he his, but it would be hard to fight for time against the likes of players the Blues attract — players that have proven themselves in multiple leagues. Diego Costa will command the starting spot for the foreseeable future and Chelsea are more likely to go after other, more dynamic players in future transfer markets to fill roster spots. Plus, it seems Chelsea already have a player comparable to Ings in Patrick Bamford, who’s had no trouble scoring anywhere he’s sent on loan.

The main positive Ings would bring to such an international side is his designation as a home-grown player, and his price tag — given that his contract runs out this summer.

Regardless, it looks as if Liverpool will win the race for Danny Ings’ services. It would be a logical progression for the 22-year-old before making the jump to Chelsea, or another club of equal stature, as the Reds have shown they can get the most out of misfiring forwards — even if Ings doesn’t fall into such category.

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Danny Ings is a good player but doesn’t seem to be the answer to any problem Chelsea have or will have in the future. While he has a good goal-scoring record this year, he’s done it almost exclusively against clubs at the bottom of the league table. The Blues aren’t hurting for firepower and wouldn’t necessarily do themselves a favor by locking up Ings’ services.

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