After scoring his first goal for Liverpool this past week, Danny Ings, along with Delle Alli, received his first international call-up.
Shoot takes a look at the young Liverpool forward who hopes to make his debut for England in their upcoming qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.
Where did he start his career?
The young striker began his career with Southampton’s academy, before being released at the age of ten. After dabbling in Sunday league football, Ings was invited to attend a trial with Bournemouth when he was 15, and subsequently signed his first professional contract.
So what happened after that?
He did reasonably well playing for Bournemouth, attracting the attention of a number of Premier League clubs. After Bournemouth rejected a £400,000 bid from Premier side Fulham, Ings made the switch to Championship side Burnley, reuniting with former Cherries manager Eddie Howe.
Ings was crucial in helping Burnley achieve promotion to the Premier League, however, despite being a top performer for the Clarets last season, he was unable to save them from relegation – resulting on him leaving for Anfield for a tribunal fee.
Is it surprising that he hasn’t scored more goals for Liverpool yet?
Not particularly. At still only 23, Ings is relatively inexperienced, especially at the highest level. He represents a smart bit of business for Liverpool, as the high profile signing of Christian Benteke means that the forward faces less pressure to perform. With time, Ings is certain to score more goals, he proved it last season with Burnley.
Is it a surprise his England call-up hadn’t come sooner?
Personally, I think so. With Sturridge’s poor injury record as of late, I wasn’t surprised to see Hodgson try to mix things up by experimenting in the forward department, with Harry Kane last season and Jamie Vardy this. I do feel however that both Ings and Charlie Austin deserved an opportunity last season to show their worth, as their league form and goals suggested they were ready to be given a chance.
Why is he so dangerous?
He’s not Benteke. Bear with me, but whilst most teams will look to defend against the £32 million pound Belgian who has pace and power, I feel teams won’t put in the same amount of time in preparation to defend against Danny Ings. With a good deal of pace and clinical finishing to compliment it, the Winchester-born attacker could be a threat that isn’t taken as seriously as he should be.