With top clubs calling, Danny Ings doesn’t want to be second-choice striker


Danny Ings is Burnley’s leading goalscorer, but he likely wont be at Turf Moor next season.

The 22-year-old striker has gained the interest of some of the Premier League’s top clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

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Ings has been open about his desire to play for a bigger club, but is looking out for his own development rather than a club’s ambitions.

In an interview with The IndependentIngs talked about how he has seen other players falter at big clubs, failing to get consistent playing time. The young striker said wherever he ends up signing, he wants to be playing night-in and night-out.

One thing I don’t want to do is go somewhere and, not rot, but all of a sudden disappear for a while. [Somewhere] you don’t really get a look-in. I always back myself and no matter what step I take next I want to do well.

One thing I do want next year no matter where I am – and I don’t know where that is going to be – is to work with a manager who is going to coach me and really develop me as a player. That’s all you can ask for, to learn and be the best you can be. It is important that you do get football. A lot of other things can suck you in when it comes to moves and I am sure that it has happened in the past to people. My main aim next year is, wherever I am, to play football and to enjoy it and develop.

“You don’t want to have a good couple of years, come through the Championship, have a good first year in the Premier League and then not play in the Premier League for another year or so because that is a backward step. No matter what contract anyone is on it is important that you are playing football. It is a short career and you have to earn a living but at the same time playing football is the best way to get better contracts anyway. That’s the way I look at things.”

Mature words from a 22-year-old who is in his first season in the Premier League. Ings has seen how some players move to bigger clubs, then find themselves buried on the bench and fail to gain the invaluable lessons of playing with the first team.

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Liverpool has been the frontrunner to land Ings, and he could very well be a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have both floundered since moving to Anfield, leaving Daniel Sturridge as the only out-and-out striker. The thought of a Sturridge-Ings combination up top with Raheem Sterling flying down the outsides would surely put some fear into Premier League defenses.