After his first 2 season’s at Burnley were blighted by injury, Danny Ings has finally put together a good run of games and Burnley are reaping the rewards.
Impressing at the start of the season, Ings was called up to represent England at U-21 level and has already scored 17 goals for club and country. He has struck up a dynamic partnership with Sam Vokes and has guided the clarets to the automatic promotion places at the summit of the Championship.
Eddie Howe, now back at Bournemouth, brought Ings to Burnley for a fee of £1 million. Although Howe’s reign was not disastrous, he struggled being away from his family and in the Autumn of 2012, he returned to Bournemouth without achieving anything more than mid-table mediocrity.
Perhaps Howe’s biggest success was bringing Ings to Burnley. At the time, the highly rated Bournemouth youngster spearheaded the Cherries attack as they reached the play offs. He scored a superb header in the play-off semi-finals against Huddersfield, although they were eventually knocked out on penalties. Ings was ambitious and was clearly not destined for another season in the third division, and Burnley secured him with the draw of first team football, apparently beating off the likes of Fulham and Liverpool in the process.
Jay Rodriguez, now at Southampton had left Burnley with only Charlie Austin as a proven goal threat in the Championship. Sam Vokes was not a suitable partner for Austin and Ings had only made a few brief appearances due to injury. As you could imagine, when Austin was sold to QPR just two days before the start of the season, many onlookers thought they would struggle for goals and some papers even tipped them for relegation.
However, the Ings-Vokes forward partnership has worked wonders for Sean Dyche, now at the helm at Turf Moor. Sam Vokes now plays a target man role which leaves Danny Ings space to get in behind and work the keeper. With reported interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, who knows how far Ings could go. He may be another product of the Bournemouth academy to play for England, following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana.