Name: Danny Ings
Date of Birth: 16/3/1992
Former Clubs: Bournemouth, Dorchester Town
League Appearances (Goals): 108 (33)
International Appearances (Goals): 0 (0)
Stat of the Day: Danny Ings has averaged 3.5 shots per game, scoring with 18% of those in his 26 league appearances this season
Player Profile: Whilst many would have tipped Sean Dyche`s Burnley and their newfound star striker Danny Ings to fade as the arduous Championship campaign took its toll on the smaller squads of the division, both Ings and Dyche have admirably kept up their surprisingly impressive form. Ings gets his second call-up as the one to watch this season, having scored twice against QPR in the opening fixture between the two sides and scoring a total of 9 league goals since that game in October. The 21-year-old`s notable form is in stark contrast to the three goals he could only muster last campaign and with every goal he scores, a new Premier League club sits up and takes notice of the striker`s goalscoring exploits. The youthfulness and vigour of Ings indicates there is large scope for improvement and the success of Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin following their departures from the club indicates this isn`t necessarily another player having a ‘one season wonder`.
The striker`s rise from talented prospect to star man at promotion chasing Burnley is commendable, especially as his career was threatened with knee injuries a few years ago. It is quite easy to forget that Ings is still only 21 as he is revelling in his newfound partnership with Sam Vokes up front for Burnley. His pace and willingness to run in behind defences has propelled him to near the top of the goalscoring charts and Sean Dyche appears to be the perfect mentor for the England U21 frontman. Burnley`s promotion aspirations rest on the goalscoring form of Ings and he will be looking to help his side keep pace with QPR when the two meet on Saturday.
Danny Ings was born in Southampton and signed a two year apprenticeship contract at Bournemouth in May 2008, having progressed through the club`s Centre of Excellence. He made his professional debut in 2009 in the Football League Trophy against Northampton.
In September 2010 Ings was sent out on loan to Conference South side Dorchester Town. His stay at The Avenue Stadium led to 4 league goals in 9 appearances; however, in November his loan spell was cut short due to an injury crisis at parent club Bournemouth. He made his league debut and first start for The Cherries in December 2010 and soon became a first team regular, scoring his first goal for his club in February 2011 against Swindon.
He continued to impress at Dean Court and was soon linked with a move to the likes of Celtic and Liverpool. In August 2011 he joined former manager Eddie Howe at Burnley who signed the striker for a fee in the region of £1 million on a four-year contract.
A week into his move to Turf Moor he was unfortunately ruled out for five months due to a knee injury and it wasn`t until the current season, following the departure of Charlie Austin, that Ings was given his chance as the number one striker. He has so far repaid the faith shown in him by his manager as he has already netted 21 goals in all competitions this season.
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One to Watch – Danny Ings
Name: Danny Ings