In the latest rumor to be revived for Tottenham Hotspur in the transfer market, the Telegraph has Spurs linked with Southampton’s Danny Ings, which has its pluses and minuses.
Danny Ings has been linked with a move to Tottenham several times over the last few seasons and that is the case again this summer. With a clear need for more support for Harry Kane and a rumored desire to play two strikers, maybe Danny Ings is more than just a rumor. So what are the pluses and minuses of Tottenham signing the Southampton striker?
Ings makes Tottenham better now
Signing a proven Premier League goalscorer like Danny Ings would be a real sign of intent for this season. Ings would represent the best strike partner Harry Kane would have played without outside the England set-up. For all Heung-Min Son can and does do for Spurs, he is not a striker. Ings, on the other hand, is a striker.
Ings has played as both an out-and-out center forward for most of his career but also has experience as a second striker. While not a like-for-like replacement for Harry Kane, Ings certainly would give Spurs more options when Kane drops deep. Having a true, experienced, second striker on the team would certainly address a big, long-term, transfer need.
Ings would be an excellent partner for Kane
Ings would be an excellent partner for Kane with his penchant for making runs off the ball and ability to get behind a defense. On the ball, Ings also presents a nice alternative to Kane as a player who really looks to take people on and dribble more than the English captain does.
Defensively, Ings would be the one to do a bit more of the pressing and pressuring while Kane looks to cut angles and be opportunistic. Ings’ willingness to run defensively and get down to make a tackle would be a welcome addition to the front line at N17.
At a soon-to-be 29 Ings is in the prime of his career and in a set-up next to Kane would likely well exceed the 11 goals he scored last season in the Premier League.