Everything was looking rosy for Danny Ings in the summer of 2015. He had scored 11 goals for an unfashionable Burnley outfit in the previous Premier League season and his excellent form had attracted the interest of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. After an £8m transfer fee was eventually agreed, the striker looked set to take his career to the next level.
However, two terrible knee injuries on Merseyside have badly hampered his career and, despite making a substitute appearance against Everton at the weekend, he is well down the pecking order at the club. In the meantime, West Brom are suffering from a lack of goals, and Sky Sports are reporting that they see Ings as a solution to their striker crisis.
Ings could slot straight into the West Brom first team if he is signed in January. Alan Pardew has admitted that he has been frustrated with Salomon Rondon’s lack of potency in front of goal at present. The Venezuelan frontman has only bagged two Premier League goals this season, a poor return given that he had seven by this stage last year.
Pardew has employed a 4-3-3 formation since he took over as manager and Ings could be flanked by Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips as the former Newcastle manager looks to make the Baggies more of a threat going forward.
Although Pardew has only been in charge at West Brom for a fortnight, he is determined to shake up the squad in the January transfer window and is scheduled to meet the club’s technical director Nicky Hammond on Friday to discuss potential signings. Pardew will need to recruit wisely if he is hoping to steer the Baggies away from relegation danger.
As for Liverpool, they could look to recruit a new forward if Ings and Daniel Sturridge depart next month. Selling those two would leave Roberto Firmino and Dominic Solanke as their only recognised strikers. Could a surprise move for unsettled Dortmund attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang be on the cards? The Daily Star are suggesting that the Merseyside club are the favourites to sign him.