Former Southampton player Perry Groves has come out and spoken about Danny Ings’ future amidst reports he could be on the move this summer.
Ings, valued at £19.8m on Transfermarkt, has had his future put under scrutiny in recent months, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly showing an interest back in January given that Ings’ contract runs out in the summer of 2022, whilst it’s been claimed Manchester City have also thrown their hat into the ring for his services.
And speaking on TalkSport, Groves, who made 15 appearances for the club back in the early 1990s, felt that following Ings’ spell at Liverpool earlier in his career that was blighted by injury, he might be tempted to push himself to play at the highest level again to prove to himself that he still can:
“It depends if he thinks he’s got unfinished business, doesn’t it? Because Jürgen Klopp really liked him at Liverpool, didn’t he? He felt sorry for him because he did fit into the way that Jürgen Klopp wanted to play, and he’s gone to Southampton, proved himself again.
Can you imagine, what is he, 28 now? If he went to a Man City or Man United, the amount of chances that he would get. I think you should always try and play at the highest level you possibly can play at, it’s whether he thinks he’s got something else, you know, as I said that unfinished business.”
TIF Thoughts on Perry Groves’ comments about Danny Ings’ future…
Groves’ comments are certainly interesting when you consider the type of clubs that are reportedly after him.
Because it’s one thing to be part of a bigger team like Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur, but would Ings be the first-choice option considering the talent that both teams have got at their disposal?
Or would he be better off trying to be a big fish in a small pond and hope that Southampton can turn into something whilst he’s there, similar to the progress that Leicester City have made in recent seasons?